John Simon (ca. 1675–1751) after John Verelst (1648–1734)
Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas,
New-York Historical Society Library

Thomas Edison (1847–1931)
Electric pen, 1876
Nickel-plated flywheel, cast iron, steel stylus, and electric motor
Collection of Brad Fink, Daredevil Tattoo NYC

Charles Eisenmann (1855–1927)
Nora Hildebrandt, ca. 1880
Albumen photograph 
Collection of Adam Woodward

Samuel O’Reilly (1854–1909)
Eagle and shield, ca. 1875–1905
Watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper
Collection of Lift Trucks Project

Ed Smith (active ca. 1920–40)
Self-portrait showing Rock of Ages back piece, ca. 1920
Ink on paper
Collection of Adam Woodward

Unidentified Maker and possibly Charlie Wagner (1873-1953)
Statue from Charlie Wagner’s tattoo shop at 11 Chatham Square, ca. 1930
Polychromed papier-mâché and linen on wood turned base
Collection of Adam Woodward

Bob Wicks (1902–1990)
Flash sheet # 36, ca. 1930
Pen and watercolor on art board
Collection of Ohio Tattoo Museum

Eli Jacobi (1898–1984)
Tattoo Artist, ca. 1935
New-York Historical Society Library

Ace Harlyn (active ca. 1930–40)
Charlie Wagner tattooing Millie Hull, 1939
Oil on canvas
Collection of Brad Fink, Daredevil Tattoo NYC

Irving Herzberg (1915–1992)
Tattoo shop of “Coney Island Freddie” just prior to New York City’s ban on tattooing, 1961
Digital print
Brooklyn Public Library

Tony D’Annessa (b. 1935)
Window shade with flash designs from Tony D’Annessa’s tattoo shop on W. 48th Street, ca. 1962
Ink outline with markers coloring on vinyl
Collection of Tony D’Annessa and Dave Cummings, PSC Tattoo, Montreal

John Wyatt (b. 1942) 
Thom de Vita and client in his studio at 326 E 4th Street, 1976
Gelatin silver print
Courtesy of the artist

Ruth Marten (b.1949)
Marquesan Heads, 1977
Enamel paint on masonite
Collection of the artist

Mike Bakaty (1936–2014)
Big Panther, 1983
Fiberglass, polyester resin, graphite
Collection of Yvonne Thomas
Photograph courtesy of Maury Englander

Maury Englander (b. 1943)
Tattooed family at the first New York City Tattoo Convention, 1998
Digital print
Photo © Maury Englander, All Rights Reserved

Photography: Lori Marshall (b. 1972)
Tattoo Art: Joy Rumore  
Aster flowers on Megan Hartman, 2016
Digital print
Courtesy of Lori Marshall

Photography: Dale May
Tattoo Art: Michelle Myles 
Lady Liberty on Evan Hall, 2016
Digital print on aluminum
Photo © Dale May

Creative: Tronvig Group