Jay Brown, tattoo artist of 32+ years, is the curator of the
Northwest Tattoo Museum (NTM). Jay is also a tattoo machine
builder, tattoo historian, contributing writer for tattoo publications,
National Tattoo Association (NTA) Terry Wrigley Award recipient,
Alliance of Professional Tattooists Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient and Certificate of Tattoo Mastery recipient. As the curator
of the NTM museum, Jay oversees an insured collection of living
history and artifacts with countless stories.
immediately. After serving an apprenticeship, Jay moved to California for a short time, then back to Oregon. Then he
tattooed during the Grateful Dead tour, on and off for a few years in a tattoo bus stopping at shops along the way. In 1991
he moved to the Midwest; first tattooing in Kansas City, Kansas, then Kansas City, Missouri (KCMO). KCMO is where Jay
met his mentor R.J. Rosini & R.J.'s son James at Grimm's Tattoo. In KCMO, Jay became good friends with the Rosini's,
and began his time with the world famous RJ Rosini Tattooing Gypsy Tour from 1992-2003. RJ passed unexpectedly at a
tattoo convention in 2003, but Jay and James continued to carry on the Rosini Tattoo Family name until James premature
death in 2012. Jay still keeps the memory of the RJ Rosini & Son Tattooing Gypsy Tour alive at the museum, and at
conventions. Jay did conventions under the Rosini banner from 1992-present day and Sturgis at Rosini's from 1994-2011.
He also worked in the Sturgis campgrounds 1988-89 and 1991-1992 in his tattoo bus. While working with RJ, Jay tattooed
all over the country doing 10-12 conventions a year, thus being able to meet all the greats of the craft, travel and do guest
Jay has worked guest spots at 24 different studios, allowing him to meet and work with many talented tattooers across
the country. Jay has owned his own studio's over the years as well as doing long term spots at friends shops. Jay's work
is award winning with several awards for his tattooing ability, which was enriched by working with all the other tattooers
at the conventions. During a lifetime career of tattooing he has got to know a lot of tattooing's old timers. Having the
opportunity to experience first hand the old school world and oral history; Jay enjoys sharing tattoo history and keeping
the contemporary-era connected to the origins, lore, ethics, materials/artifacts, and lives of some amazing people from a
very different time. Jay has had the honor to befriend with much esteem many greats like Philadelphia Eddie, Lyle Tuttle,
Chuck Eldridge, Sailor Cam Cook, Henry Goldfield, Bowery Stan Moscowitz, Mike Martin,Goodtime Charlie Cartwright, Mr.
G & Madame Chinchilla, Jack Rudy, Shawn Anderson, Tony Olivas, Pat Sinatra and so many others who have helped
enrich his knowledge of tattoo history.
Jay was awarded the first R.J. Rosini Award and was put in charge of selecting recipients in 2003. Around this time Jay
was an Alliance of Professional Tattooists, Preventing Disease Transmission in Tattooing Instructor for several years. Jay
passed with high score earning the APT's Certificate of Tattoo Mastery. Jay has worked as a judge and speaker at
numerous tattoo conventions. In 2012 Jay was awarded the National Tattoo Association Terry Wrigley Award, one of the
NTA's high honors, at the convention in Cincinnati for his work with the NTM and the tattoo profession. Later that year Jay
was awarded the APT"s Lifetime Achievement Award for his substantial contributions to the tattoo profession, this also
was for his work with the NTM and the tattoo community. Jay considers these awards as his highest honors, and part of
the drive behind his endeavors at the museum.
|NTATerry Wrigley, and APT lifetime achievement plaques
|Jay Brown and Philadelphia Eddie
|Jay Brown with Bill Salmon, Philadelphia Eddie, Bowery
Stan Moscowitz, and Mark Mahoney in Las Vegas, for
Eddies first Volume of his book release