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July 8, 1910: Buffalo's 'tattoomen may have to go'

In 1910, Buffalo’s health commissioner was not a fan of tattoos.

And while many, if not most, of the tats created 110 years ago in Buffalo were for “nautical gentleman, seaward bound from the Port of Buffalo,” the commissioner was contemplating the idea that tattooing should be considering surgery — and therefore all tattooers might be considered surgeons. All tattoo artists without medical licenses (i.e., all of them) would be forced to close up shop.

07 july 1910 tattoomen may have to go

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