Louisville, Kentucky: Tattoo Charlie's Tattoo Museum

Tattoo Charlie has collected tattoo memorabilia since the 1970s. Part of his horde is displayed in a section of his tattoo shop.

Tattoo Charlie's

Address:
7904 Preston Hwy, Louisville, KY
Directions:
Tattoo Charlie's. South edge of the city. I-65 exit 127. Drive east on Hwy 1065 for one mile. Turn right onto Hwy 61. You'll quickly see the tattoo shop on the right, just past the paint store.
Hours:
Daily 10AM-midnight (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
502-964-8774
Admission:
Free
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Tattoo Charlie.

Tattoo Charlie's Tattoo Museum

Tattoo Charlie started tattooing in 1973 after learning from an old tattooer in Cave City. During the following 30 years his collection of tattoo antiques grew to become one of the largest in the nation. Selected items from Charlie's collection are on display at Tattoo Charlie's, and include flash (tattoo designs) from the 1920s through the 1960s, vintage tattoo machines, and the crown jewel of the collection, Joe and Mabel Darpel's travel trunk from the 1950s.

[Buddy Wheeler, 02/06/2015]

Joe Darpel was a "Tattooed Man" in circus sideshows. His wife, Mabel, threw knives.


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