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Lyle Tuttle

Tattoo artist

Lyle Tuttle Lyle Tuttle (born October 7, 1931) is a well-known American tattoo artist and historian of the medium, who has been tattooing since 1949. Tuttle was born in 1931 and grew up in Ukiah, California. At the age of fourteen he purchased his first tattoo for $3.50. In 1949, he began tattooing professionally. In 1954 he opened his own studio in San Francisco. This first shop was open for nearly 30 years. Tuttle tattooed Janis Joplin, Cher, Henry Fonda, Paul Stanley, and several other notable musicians and celebrities of the time. He has been tattooed on six continents, and has never knowingly tattooed a minor. He has become a legend and a teacher within the industry in the years he has been tattooing. He officially retired in 1990 but will still occasionally tattoo his signature on a friend or acquaintance. 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, Sailor Jerry put the picture inside his toilet. Tuttle currently teaches seminars in "Tattoo machine maintenance and machine building" at tattoo conventions around  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1931-10-07
Place of birth
Ukiah
Profession
Tattoo artist, Tattoo studio

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