THE NORTHWEST TATTOO MUSEUM
Professionals Dedicated to Documenting & Preserving Tattoo
History, Culture & Artifacts
The Northwest Tattoo Museum (NTM) currently exhibits a large growing
collection of: tattoo machines, flash, business cards, stencils, posters, and
many other tattoo related objects from 1910 to present; from greats such as:
J.F. Barber, E.E. Brown, Ernie Carafa, Cap Coleman, Sailor Jerry Collins,
Amund Dietzel, Bert Grimm, Henry Goldfeild, Don Ed Hardy, Owen Jensen, Bill
Jones, Fred Marquand, Nick Melroy, Stan & Walter Moscowitz, Bill Moore, Don
Nolan, Cliff Raven, Paul Rogers, R.J. Rosini, Jack Rudy, Bob Shaw, Huck
Spaulding, Lyle Tuttle, Percy Waters, Milton Zeis, and many more.
The Northwest Tattoo Museum is a 'Not for Profit' venture. Tattooing and
merchandise sales help offset the cost of rent and utilities. Donations
comprise the majority of collections objects. Many new items on display were
donated by tattooers interested in seeing the NTM educate the community
about the history of tattooing. A large portion of the museums collection is
owned by J.A. Brown. The NTM is still in the process of inventorying artifacts
into an internal collections database; as new acquisitions are acquired. The
NTM also provides: identification and appraisal of historic tattoo items, repair
& restoration services on vintage tattoo machines, etc.
Whether you have a personal interest in tattoo history or general questions
about tattoos and the craft, Jay will have a professional, knowledgeable
answer and many experiential stories to share.
Idaho. Early 2013, the NTM was moved to it's current location in Coeur
d'Alene, Idaho; formerly Blue Rose Tattoo. Sadly, a good friend and long time
tattooist, Robert McNeill closed Blue Rose after 12 years. Robert agreed the
Blue Rose building was appropriate for the NTM given the shop history and
memorable mural of Norman Rockwell’s “The Tattooist” on the north side of
the building. This is the largest reproduction of this piece that we know of...we
are going to contact Guinness...