a voice from the past


The Boston Globe has just published a truly fasicnating story about a 19th century tattooist whose identity was uncovered by an amateur genealogist, Carmen Nyssen (who also happens to be related to Bert Grimm, one of the great old school American tattoo artists!).

C.H.Fellowes had created a sketch book that was published as ‘The Tattoo Book’ in 1971. It contains 114 pages full of old school designs such as dragons, swords, warships etc. It’s an invaluable glimpse into the past of tattooing!

Thanks to Ms. Nyssen now we know just a bit more about the history of tattoos and people who had written it on others’ skin.