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Lyle Tuttle – 70 Years in Tattoo Art – Exhibit in San Francisco

I first met Lyle in 1972 when I was in San Francisco doing an article for Crawdaddy Magazine. I was invited to his tattoo museum and shop and did some photographs. Then he invited me back to have dinner with him and some of his friends. It was great fun (I did get a tattoo) and he is a very funny dude. I went back in 2015 and visited him. (having not seen him since 1972!) and we met at his new shop at 841 Columbus Avenue.  Went for a few drinks and had a blast.

I highly recommend that anyone interested in ‘Tattoo’ or sociology attend this special event.

Tickets can be purchased here.

For more information on this special event go here!

Lyle Tuttle getting another part of his body tattooed.

Lyle has been a resident of San Francisco for over 70 years. 

Lyle Tuttle featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1970.

Lyle pictured in front of his first Tatto shop in San Francisco.

Me, Lyle and my wife Deborah at Lyle’s shop in San Francisco in 2015.

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Art Exhibit Photography

Visiting tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle in San Francisco – July 2015

Lyle Tuttle tattoo artistLyle Tuttle in front of his shop in San Francisco.

Lyle Tuttle's tattoo shopFront of the tattoo shop at 841 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco.

2015.07.12_SF.154The interior of one wall with designs and tattoo artifacts from around the world.


2015.07.12_SF.159By going public in the late 1960s as Janis Joplin’s artist, Lyle Tuttle helped make it acceptable for tattooed women to be powerful role models today.

2015.07.12_SF.192“Because I was lucky to have the greatest time slot that any tattoo artist ever had in tattooing, it wound up that I had tattooed on six continents. So I had an opportunity to tattoo on seven continents.” -Lyle Tuttle

2015.07.12_SF.199Jim Moore, Lyle Tuttle and Deborah Monlux in front of the shop.

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I hadn’t seen Lyle Tuttle since 1972 which was when I was last in San Francisco. I did an article on him for the rock & roll magazine CRAWDADDY with photographs and an interview. The story never got published by the photograph is posted on this blog.

Last month I had a chance to revisit San Francisco and wanted to see if I could contact Lyle and meet up. He was very receptive and we met and had drinks, dinner and talked throughout the night. Here are a few photographs.

LyleTuttle.5Me and Lyle Tuttle hanging out at the local bar near his shop.

2015.07.12_SF.185Lyle, Deborah and Gina Braden talking whiskey with the bartender. (he wasn’t as mean as he looks!)

2015.07.12_SF.191Lyle shows Deborah some photographs on his phone.

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Music Photography

Madison Square Garden and The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones

The second NY concert of the Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden.
2nd Row Center. Amazing concert! Sang their hits of the time. Paint it Black. Spider and the Fly. Had a great time!

I worked for the periodicals ZYGOTE and  CRAWDADDY at the time as a photographer. Shot Watkins Glen, Fairport Convention, Chicago, Lyle Tuttle, and went on tour with Jethro Tull among other assignments.

Great times!

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Lyle Tuttle, San Francisco tattoo artist.

In 1972 I went to San Francisco to do a photo assignment for Crawdaddy Magazine. The picture was to be of famed Celeb tattoo artist Lyle Tuttle.
I just came across one of the shots from that day.
He is tattooed from head to toe, front and back except below his ankles and wrist and not above his neck line. He could wear a long sleeve shirt, pants and look perfectly NORMAL!