WANTED: ANTIQUE TATTOO ITEMS

Premiums paid for exceptional pieces! 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 other vintage tattoo material, I would love to hear from you. See below for a list of items. 


Deafy and Stella Grassman, Philadelphia, PA, ca. 1925

Photographs

Original photographs of tattooed attractions, tattoo artists and tattoo shops.  

- Real Photo Postcards (RPPCs)

- Cabinet Card Photos

- Press Photos

- Cartes de Visite (CdVs)

- Tintype Photos

Percy Waters Trade Card, Detroit, MI, ca. 1925

Trade Paper 

Printed and handwritten ephemera related to the business of tattooing and performing as a tattooed attraction. 

- Tattoo Business Cards / Trade Cards

- Tattoo Supply Catalogs and Price Lists

- Pitch Booklets for Tattooed Men and Women

- Circus contracts for Tattooed Performers

- Tattoo Artist Letterheads and Correspondence. 

Tattoo Flash by Cap Coleman, Norfolk, VA, ca. 1930

Painted Items

Painted items made by tattoo artists or used by tattooed sideshow attractions to promote their acts. 

- Hand-painted Tattoo Flash 

- Hand-painted Tattoo Sketch and/or Design Books

- Canvas Sideshow Banners for Tattooed Men and Women

- Tattoo Shop Signs and Related Advertising

- Tattoo Artist Travel Trunks with Painted Decoration