Tattoo Archive

Tattoo Archive Located at 618 West 4th St. Winston Salem, North Carolina, the Tattoo Archive was founded in Berkel

The Tattoo Archive is a working shop which does custom tattooing. It is also home to our Online Store selling tattoo collectibles from around the world, the BookMistress' tattoo books and the Paul Rogers Tattoo Research Center (PRTRC), a nonprofit corporation with the primary goal of preserving tattoo history.

In today's Winston Salem Journal!

In today's Winston Salem Journal!

Tattoo Joe Crosson, who entertained locals across generations, dies at age 87. At different times, he worked as a fire eater, a human pin cushion and a tattoo artist.

Our friend Tattoo Joe went to the big tattoo shop in the sky yesterday. Please consider donating toward immediate funera...

Our friend Tattoo Joe went to the big tattoo shop in the sky yesterday. Please consider donating toward immediate funeral expenses. Thank you!

Adam Montegut's books are open for December and January at the Tattoo Archive. Email him to set something up.  adammonte...

Adam Montegut's books are open for December and January at the Tattoo Archive. Email him to set something up. [email protected].


We are already brainstorming and planning for next year’s Gathering of the Tattoo Historical Society! Feel free to share this video!

Just 3 more days to go!

Just 3 more days to go!


618 W 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC

Opening Hours

Monday 12pm - 8pm
Tuesday 12pm - 8pm
Wednesday 12pm - 8pm
Thursday 12pm - 8pm
Friday 12pm - 8pm
Saturday 12pm - 8pm


(336) 722-4422


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Back when day workers were king around shipping docks and construction sites, tattoo parlors and barbershops offered the service of making black eyes look natural. Each morning men looking for day work would gather around the work site. The bosses would stand on cartons to get a good look at all the men and select workers for that day's assignment. If a worker showed up with a black eye, the bosses often passed them over for fear that they would be troublemakers. The barber and tattooist would try to make that shiner look better."

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"At one time, it was sailors, prisoners and loose women. That's who got [tattoos]," said Chuck Eldridge, who owns and runs Tattoo Archives on Fourth Street. "If it could go mainstream, it has." Eldridge got his first tattoos in the 1960s after seeing tattoos on his dad and uncle and fell in love with the art form. He eventually became interested in the history of tattoos.

"Once you start digging in to it you go 'wow, this is pretty amazing subject here that goes on for centuries," Eldridge said.He shares his interest at the tattoo archives where the walls are covered with photos and artifacts he's collected over the years. Tattoo Archive
Author Jack London once said, "show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past." Sounds like he'd be thrilled to visit Tattoo Archive, downtown Winston-Salem's tattoo shop that is also a museum! Their newest exhibit "The History of Tattoo Clubs" is up through April 30.
Happy Birthday Sailor Jerry It is an honor to share a birthday with you.

“Norman Keith Collins is better known as "Sailor Jerry" in the tattoo business. He was born in Reno, Nevada, January 14, 1911. By the 1920s he was sailing the Great Lakes, traveling the United States and tattooing by hand on the side. During those sailor years Collins met tattooist Tatts Thomas in Chicago and said that he was his first teacher in electric tattooing. Sailor Jerry’s business card from this period showed him at #434 South State Street and included a rubber stamped address for #150 North Hotel Street in Honolulu.

Sailor Jerry settled in Hawaii in the 1930s and tattooed at several locations in Honolulu, including 13 South Hotel Street, before he settled into his 1033 Smith Street location. Although Jerry was world famous for his tattooing, he had other interests. The sea was always a part of his life and while holding Captain's papers in the 1950s he skippered a tour ship at the Pearl Harbor memorial. His study of electronics led to a first class FCC license, and in the late 1960s he hosted a late night talk show on a local radio station. On that show he was known as "Old Ironsides.”

For a workingman's tattoo shop in an era where acetate stencils were king, Jerry would make rubs from his new designs and mail them out to his friends. This was a popular way for an artist to exchange design ideas.

Sailor Jerry died June 12, 1973 and is buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, (commonly known as the "Punchbowl") in Honolulu, Hawaii. This cemetery is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. The site of Jerry's grave is 124/Section T. If you happen to find yourself in Honolulu, stop by to say hello.” Tattoo Archive
Hey, Chuck... Am I still #075...? I think I've missed some dues...!!!
"If you’d like to see one of the lectures for yourself, stop by the High Point Museum on Aug. 26. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Eldridge will present photographs, flash, and business cards from past North Carolina tattoo artists." Tattoo Archive
The Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library and the High Point Museum would like to thank Tried and True Tattoo Company for allowing us to advertise the upcoming program North Carolina Tattoo History The presentation will be given by Chuck W. Eldridge of the Tattoo Archive Special thanks goes to Jason Spainhour Tattooing for being so welcoming at the studio.

C. W. Eldridge of the Tattoo Archive in Winston-Salem will be with us August 26 to give a presentation on NORTH CAROLINA TATTOO HISTORY. This presentation will feature photographs and flash and business cards from North Carolina tattooists of the past. Hope to see you in the first-floor Morgan Room at 6:30pm at the High Point
Public Library!

C.W. Eldridge formed the Tattoo Archive in 1980 in Berkeley, California. Its goal is to promote the history of tattooing through writing and research, He and his associates continue their goal of promoting tattoo history in their new Winston-Salem location and always welcome an opportunity to share research.

I couldn't upload two images. Here is a scan of the document when Dad got the tattoo.
Hi my father recently passed away. He had a tattoo that I always thought to be a dancing donkey. No one ever knew what it was. Can anyone help me with this? He said it was a propeller, wings and a flower. I never saw another one like it. It was done by Frenchie Neely in Denver.