A brief history of Bert Grimm | Buy Fusion Inks online
This week, we're taking a look at the work of Bert Grimm - one of the most iconic tattoo artists in traditional tattooing whose style still heavily influences tattoo artists to this day. His recognisable traditional style is still emulated now by traditional artists, and is widely celebrated in the tattoo community.
Bert Grimm's career began when he started hanging around tattoo shops in Portland, Oregon in his early teens. The tattoo shops belonging to the likes of Sailor Gus, Sailor George and Charlie Western became a second home to Bert. He was given the opportunity to tattoo in 1912, and for the next 70 years, Bert's career went from strength to strength as he unknowingly shaped the traditional tattoo community with his influential signature style. He worked all over the world, operating in places like Chicago, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle, and China, to name just a few.
After his death, Bert's home was at risk of becoming part of a Long Beach condominium development, however his 22 Chestnut Place residence was purchased by tattoo legend Kari Barba with part of it being turned into a museum, and the rest operating as a tattoo studio which is still in business today.
Blog & image credits:
- Antonia McLoughlin