Ink Heaven Got Another Star – Lyle Tuttle R.I.P.

The 25th of March was the day where American Icon, Lyle Tuttle passed away.
He was born in October, 7.
Lyle was born in Chariton, Iowa in 1931 but grew up in Ukiah, California. At the age of fourteen he purchased his first tattoo for $3.50 (equivalent to $50 today). In 1949, he began tattooing professionally.

In 1954 he opened his own studio in San Francisco. This first shop was open for 35 years, he tattooed a lot of celebrities Cher, Janis Joplin, Henry Fonda, Paul Stanley and many other notable musicians & actors.

Lyle Tuttle Profile picture

He has tattooed on all seven continents

On January 21, 2014, Tuttle became the first person to tattoo on all seven continents setting up an impromptu tattoo station in a scientist’s guesthouse. It was at the Russian Bellingshausen Station, where he tattooed his signature tattoo. His autograph, on project assistant/tattoo historian Anna Felicity Friedman.

A long-standing “bucket list” item of his, this accomplishment fulfilled a personal mission for Tuttle. He said of the endeavor: “Because I was lucky to have the greatest time slot that any tattoo artist ever had in tattooing, it wound up that I had tattooed on six continents. So I had an opportunity to tattoo on seven continents. Well, I’m not out to break any records but why not do it, it’s there!

His fame within tattooing was somewhat controversial, as many tattooists of his day disliked his statements to the press and “shameless self-promotion”.
When Tuttle was on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in October 1970, another great artist, Sailor Jerry put the picture inside his toilet.

Lyle Tuttle was in Europe last year at Amsterdam Tattoo Convention

Lyle did a couple of small tattoos at the show in Amsterdam.
It was a pleasure to meet this legend and got a picture with him.

Lyle & Carsten
Photo by Mark Augustenborg

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Check out this great interview from 2007 with Lyle Tuttle:

We also had this one at our site last year in March. Here you can re-read it: