The history of tattoo machines.

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2016 9:15:23 PM / by Maximilian Wensbo posted in History of

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 The History Of Tattoo Machines

The history of tattoo machines go a long way back.The predecessor to the tattoo machine was the electric pen invented by Thomas Alva Edison and patented under the title  Stencil-Pens in Newark, New Jersey, United States in 1876.  It was originally intended to be used as a duplicating device, but in 1891, Samuel O'Reilly discovered that Edison's machine could be modified and used to introduce ink into the skin, and later patented a tube and needle system to provide an ink reservoir.

While O'Reilly's machine was based on the tattoo rotary technology of Edison's device, modern tattoo machines use electromagnets. The first machine based on this technology was a single coil machine patented by Thomas Riley of London, just twenty days after O'Reilly filed the patent for his rotary machine. For his machine, Riley placed a modified doorbell assembly in a brass box. The modern two-coil configuration was patented by Alfred Charles South, also of London. Because it was so heavy, a spring was often attached to the top of the machine and the ceiling to take most of the weight off the operator's hand.

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The history of Sailor Jerry

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 11, 2016 8:43:29 PM / by Maximilian Wensbo posted in History of

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The History of Sailor Jerry



If you don’t know who Sailor Jerry is,  you don’t know tattoos. Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins (1911-1973) is considered the foremost American tattoo artist of his time, and defined the craft in two eras BSJ and ASJ (before and after Sailor Jerry). Arguably, he did more for the ancient art of tattoo than most any other single person.The history of sailor Jerry continues when Jerry at the age of 19, enlisted in the US Navy. It was during his travels at sea that he was exposed to the art and imagery of Southeast Asia. Artistically, his influence stems from his union of the roguish attitude of the American sailor with the mysticism and technical prowess of the Far East. He maintained a close correspondence with Japanese tattoo masters during his career. 

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