April 25
07:00 2016


Charlie Wagner, is a renowned New York tattooist. He appears to have been the point of convergence for the press for his era of tattoo craftsmen. Wagner worked the Bowery for more than 50 years beginning in the1890s until his demise in 1953. Only this may clarify the measure of press scope that he got. Wagner was not undeserving of this consideration, in light of the nature of his tattooing alone. Surprisingly, he tattooed a percentage of the significant attractions of that period, notwithstanding different specialties.

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Part of Wagner’s more critical devotions was his tattoo machine thoughts that he protected in 1904. This patent was the main tattoo machine licensed with loops in a vertical position, that is, in accordance with the tube gathering. This was a noteworthy change on machine plan; truth be told most machines fabricated today utilize this arrangement. Another of Charlie’s attempts that is not understood today was his supply business. The protecting of his machine thought in 1904 may have been the sparkle that set off his supply business. We don’t know whether this 1904 tattoo machine was ever fabricated in any numbers and to date, none are known not.

With the paramount help of Bill Jones, Wagner ought to have possessed the capacity to offer numerous tattoo machines consistently. A couple of years back, the Archive went over a Charles Wagner Tattoo Supply pricelist!. It was sent to Fred Marquand in the 1920s. It took after to a greater degree a rundown of things and costs as opposed to a list. Manually written on a 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper, it was a mimeographed duplicate of a stock of things. There were no delineations and no photographs. There were a couple streak tests encased yet they were inadequately imprinted in dim ink on slight paper. This is somewhat of an amazement originating from the man who was charged as the “Michelangelo of Tattooing”.

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Different suppliers of that period, similar to Waters and Miller, sold their products through extremely favor multi-paged lists demonstrating photos of their machines and pages of representations of the glimmer that they advertised. In a 1925 letter, Wagner appeared to be certain that he didn’t require the additional cost of the extravagant inventory to offer his things. This is a long ways from what his rivals were turning out. In this immediate quote from his letter, and note the spelling and uneven sentences, Wagner said, “In the long run you will purchase frome (sic) me as I am the stand out having a U.S. patent tattooing machine and electric gadgets issued by the U.S. Patent Office, no other supply house can demonstrate to you these machines, (they) are the best, none better at any cost anyplace.” This letter was marked, “I remain Prof. Chas. Wagner, 208 Bowery, N.Y. City.”

Albert Parry in his book Tattoo, noticed that there were four suppliers who promoted amid the Depression, yet Wagner was not among them. The tattoo legend has it that Wagner lost a little fortune in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. In the years after the accident, Wagner could be seen at the front of his shop with an end goal to pull in potential clients. By the 1940s these supplier advertisements were back, alongside Wagner’s favorable luck.

In detailing this article, several inquiries rung a bell. Why does a basic mimeographed value list appear to be strange for a tattooist who worked so difficult to develop a urban modern picture? What’s more, why, if his supply business was so fruitful, have so few of his products survived?

Charlie Wagner, one of America’s incredible tattoo legends tattooed in New York City from the 1890s up until his passing in 1953. Dealing with the Bowery in lower Manhattan, Wagner assumed control over the shop space at 11 Chatham Square that Samuel O ‘Reilly had involved for a long time. Charlie Wagner truly carried on where O’Reilly left off in more courses than one. They both licensed a tattooing machine, and both turned out to be extremely renowned for tattooing sideshow attractions. Samuel O’Reilly licensed the main tattooing machine in 1891. Wagner enhanced that outline and got his own particular patent in 1904.

Would-be sideshow attractions rushed to O’Reilly in the wake of catching wind of his new tattooing gadget, trusting that it would be quicker and less agonizing to secure the vital scope for the big time work.

After O’Reilly’s passing in 1908, Charlie Wagner assumed control quite a bit of this fascination business and went ahead to set up himself as one of the real powers in the tattoo world. He is said to have tattooed 50 attractions amid his vocation, including Betty Broadbent, Clara Clark, Mildred Hull, Charles Craddock and Joseph Cook, to give some examples.




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  1. Nicky Noorberg
    Nicky Noorberg April 26, 17:12

    That´s cool Parkie Doe 🙂

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