Tattoo Antiques

The Bray Collection


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Uncovering the Past

Tattoo Antiques is a place to explore the rich history of tattooing in America. It draws heavily on my collection of original photographs, business cards, trade catalogs, and hand-painted tattoo flash from the 1870s through World War II. These rare items are packed with information about pioneering tattoo artists and tattooed attractions. There's much more to come, so check out the gallery and blog and please stay tuned! 



About Me

My name is Derin Bray. I'm an author, curator, historian and dealer in American Art & Antiques. I'm also a passionate collector of the odd and unusual. I've travelled all over the country in pursuit of historic tattoo material and have had the good fortune to examine thousands of rare items in museums, research libraries, and many places off the beaten path. Now it's time to share some of what I've learned and collected. 



Wanted Tattoo Antiques

I'm always on the hunt for vintage tattoo items from the Dime Museum era of the 1870s through the mid-twentieth century. If you have antique photographs, business cards, hand-painted tattoo flash, or related material, I would love to hear from you. Premiums paid for exceptional pieces!