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Welcome to Buzzworthy Tattoo History!
My name is Carmen Forquer Nyssen. Here at Buzzworthy Tattoo History, I’ll be sharing some of my hard-earned, well-researched tattoo history, as well as, updates on relevant tattoo news, events, and projects.
I hope you enjoy these featured tattoo history articles!
One covers groundbreaking new information on the invention of electric tattoo machines and the others reveal the identity of two —until now —elusive characters in tattoo history. (Click on image for link).
For additional breakthrough info on electric tattooing, and a complement to the Early Tinkerers of Electric Tattooing feature, see: Tattooed by O’Reilly: The First Electrically Tattooed Attractions
Also be sure to read this feature article from December 2016, Tattoo Time Capsule at the Henry Ford, examining several intriguing items in the Henry Ford Museum’s tattoo collection relating to:
Detroit’s Percy Waters, and three lesser known tattooers, William Fowkes and John A. Walker from England, and Harry Lawson.
Harry Lawson has a long, interesting history that connects to many tattooers in many cities. Since his story is so varied, I’ve been incorporating my research into a number of different Buzzworthy articles to present it as relevantly as possible. Links are included in related Lawson posts, but you can also locate them on the sidebar and through the search button.
I’ve passionately written about, researched, and studied tattoo history for nearly twelve years now. It all started long ago when I decided to document my family tree, an obsession that soon shifted focus to chronicling the career of my Great, Great Uncle —beloved twentieth century tattoo artist, Bert Grimm. I wanted to know everything —the people Bert worked with, historical context —everything. Before I knew it, tattoo history had taken hold of me. The rest snowballed from there. Over the years, I’ve progressively branched out, steadily but surely building a varied foundation of knowledge and a massive archive of original tattoo history research.
One thing I’ve learned is that every bit of insight counts. Creating meaningful windows into tattooing’s rich and often mysterious past means going the extra mile. Literally.
In addition to examining the usual resources at home —documents, books, and the internet —I’ve embarked on many a road trip to: visit libraries, museums, and archives around the country; seek out grave markers (click here Tattoo Grave Site Trip 2010 and here Find A Grave); attend exhibits and conventions; and even glean impressionistic remembrances of long forgotten tattoo neighborhoods. I’ve also visited with and/or interviewed scores of tattoo artists, relatives of tattoo artists, and other relatable characters. Along the way, I’ve made quite a few friends.
Patience, persistence, integrity, and sincere enthusiasm are cornerstones of good research. I hope all of them shine through my work. As for analytical skill and methodology, I owe much of that to my Linguistics degree. It seems off topic, I know. But the interdisciplinary field of Linguistics encompasses a diverse set of investigative approaches, lending itself to a wide lens of discovery that enriches any type of fact finding work. In other words, it’s perfect training for outside-the-box research.
Bert Grimm Tattoo History Book
My Bert Grimm book is in the works! This unprecedented, extensively researched biography has been years in the making and will reveal new and surprising insights into Bert’s life and career. I’m still working on the finishing touches. If anyone has information about Bert or the tattoo artists he worked with, I would love to hear from you! Contact me at email@example.com.
For some time now, I’ve had the honor and pleasure of working as head researcher for the Tattoo Archive—a position that entails conducting research for both general purposes and for specific projects such as Chuck Eldridge’s Life & Times series.
We lovers of tattoo history owe a debt of gratitude to Chuck and the Tattoo Archive. Read about it here:
Two 2015 releases I majorly contributed to are:
Ed Hardy’s Lew Alberts book
Intro by Ed Hardy: “…..More recently, detailed material about him has come to light through the research of tattoo historian Carmen Nyssen.”
And Yellow Beak Press’ Sailor Vern book.
Acknowledgements: “The foundation of this project was very difficult to formulate. Without the help of Carmen Nyssen, Chuck Eldridge, and Ed Hardy, this book would not have come to fruition..”
A big thank you goes out to Ed Hardy and Scott Boyer and Kayla Grosneth-Boyer of Yellow Beak Press for publishing so much of my research and making it accessible to tattoo enthusiasts across the globe.
Also, in July 2015, a Bert Grimm article I wrote was published by Z Tattoo Magazine.
See additional tattoo history projects here.
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