Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Keith's History in His Traditional Tattoos

Yesterday, I posted about the opening (here) for the Tattooed New York exhibition at the New York Historical Society.

There was a lot of history in the room, as well, in the form of people. I struck up a conversation with one gentleman and his wife. His name was Keith Wagner and he shared the following tattoo:

What does this have to do with tattoo history? Keith is the great-nephew of Charlie Wagner, In other words, his grandfather, Stephan, was Charlie's brother. Charlie Wagner, who died in 1953, patented a tattoo machine in the early part of the 20th century, had a successful supply company and tattooed for decades on the Bowery.

This tribute to the family name which he proudly bears was inked by Dano Collins.

Keith and his wife Jan also shared matching swallows tattooed by another tattooing legend, "Bowery" Stan Moskowitz:

Thanks to Keith and Jan for sharing their tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!

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