The Chinese Shuihu Zhuan

Ever heard of the Chinese Shuihu Zhuan? For most people, it probably sounds like the menu of their favourite Asian restaurant. However, few people know that these are Chinese Robin Hoods. They are the model for the Japanese Suikoden of the 18th century.  Shuihu Zhuan – more than just a fairy tale The Shuihu Zhuan …

Owen Jensen – a tattoo legend

Owen Jensen, born in 1891 in sleepy Pleasant Grove, Utah, first got in contact with tattooing at the age of 20 while visiting the ‘Buffalo Bill Wild West Show’. It was there that he saw James Malcom, a fully covered tattoo circus attraction. Malcom got his bodysuit by no one else than Charles Wagner! Two …

Percy Waters – More than “Just a Good Tattooer”

Percy Waters’ influence on modern tattooing may be underestimated by some. Not only he had a huge impact with his flash designs, but can also be considered the father of the modern tattoo machine.  Born in 1888 in a small town in Alabama, Waters came in contact with tattooing in an early age. Circus groups …

Tattoos from the Bowery

Tattoos from the Bowery has its origins in a place that many know from Martin Scorsese’s epic historical drama “Gangs of New York” – the Bowery in southern Manhattan. The rough side of the city The Bowery is a street and neighborhood in the southern portion of the New York City borough of Manhattan, known as a rough …

Pharaoh’s Horses Tattoo Flash

The Pharaoh´s Horses Tattoo Flash was a classic under the oldtimer of all Tattoos in the beginning of the 20th century. We will start our journey with this specific tattoo design. We will explore the world of classic tattoo flash showing you traditional designs from America and Europe as well as designs from the far …

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