Carmen Forquer Nyssen

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I'm a tattoo historian, who diligently researches tattoo artists, tattooed performers, and the history of tattooing. Bert Grimm, a well known twentieth century tattooer, was my Great Great Uncle.

Documenting tattoo artist burial locations is a significant part of my ongoing efforts to preserve tattoo history; a project I started in 2006. One of the highlights of this research was a road trip my husband and I embarked on, in 2010, from Washington State to Southern California. After in-depth investigation to find burial locations (before so much info. was available on the internet), we planned our vacation route around visiting the burial sites of some of tattoo history's greats. Among them were:

Ben Corday, Charlie Barrs, Owen Jensen,
LL McKeever, William F. Jackson,
Red Gibbons, Ernie Sutton,
Otto Mason, and Harry Lawson.

It was a lot of work, but an inspiring experience. At the time, most of these graves had been long forgotten.

My virtual cemeteries 'Tattoo Artists' and 'Tattooed People' (to the right) include information on these tattoo artists and a good number of others I've researched, such as:

C.H. Fellowes, Samuel F. O'Reilly,
Elmer Getchell, Sailor George Fosdick,etc.

In regards to the Find A Grave tattoo related memorials listed in my virtual cemeteries: I've researched and created a good number of them; some I've identified on other members' pages; and others were both created and identified by fellow Find A Grave members. This project is a work-in-progress. I'll be adding more memorials and history as I have time.

You can learn more about these tattoo artists on my website Buzzworthy Tattoo History. See link above.

Carmen Forquer Nyssen's Genealogy Research Names: Reardon, Rees, Hinman, Mace, Lane, Shull, Forquer, Hall, and related families.


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