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Tattoo Tidbits – C.H. Fellowes, A 48 Year Old Mystery Solved

 

Vintage CH Fellowes flash

Carmen (Forquer) Nyssen, loves nothing better than digging into the rich history of tattooing and seeing if she can’t unearth an old mystery or two, especially if it will help shed some light and information on the tattoo artists who helped make tattooing what it is today.  The latest nugget she has unearthed is information on obscure tattoo artist C. H. Fellowes.  Fellowes was hand-tattooing at the turn of the century and his tattoo kit and sketch book ended up in the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, Connecticut after being discovered in 1966 in Providence, Rhode island by an antique dealer.  The old tattooing implements created quite a stir in their day, but Fellowes identity remained a mystery until Nyssen’s recent sleuthing.  For more on the story, and a glimpse at the amazing old hand-tools that Fellowes used (that are in the Mystic Seaport Museum permanent collection), read Nyssen’s account of her search.  Tattoo artists and lovers of original maritime tattooing will love the images from Fellowes sketch book.

Read Nyssen's account