TATTOO TREASURES with DANA BRUNSON

FUN IN PHILLY

I recently wrote about Les Skuse, Jimmie Skuse , the Bristol Tattoo Club, and the upcoming Philadelphia Convention. This is a follow up of the whole experience. As a collector, talking and sharing with other collectors is always great fun and a learning experience. The history is as important as the collectable item itself.

This year was truly historical at Troy Timpel’s Philly Convention due to the fact that the Bristol Tattoo Club (est. 1953) was making its first appearance in the United States since founder, Les Skuse, visited in 1956. Just the history of the members of the BTC is astounding, with past members Paul Rogers, Huck Spaulding, Milt Zeis, Sailor Jerry Collins, Al Schiefley, D C Paul, and others being the who’s who in tattooing.

All sorts of stories and artifacts are shared among members.

Jimmie Skuse (Les’s grandson), his wife Jackie, and Rambo, an artist /mega-collector, attended this historical event upon their first visit to the United States.

There is a collectors subgroup in the BTC, of which I am proud to be a member. In this group you have the heavy hitters in the tattoo collecting world. Rambo, from Manchester, England, has a collection which easily rivals the best in the world, and you have four members who own the coveted Edison Electric Pen. At the convention one of these Edison pens was on display thanks to Dano Collins and Le Dan Peace proudly displayed his beautiful collection of antique machines , including a rare Coleman. Both are proud members of the BTC. At last—a real convention full of history and wonderful artifacts of our business proudly displayed for all to appreciate.

Jimmie Skuse sold out every membership certificate he brought with him. How great it was to see this renewed interest in the Bristol Tattoo Club. In this day of “New School” the Old School took a stand to give new life to tradition. Stan Moskowitz, Crazy Eddie Funk, the Peace family, along with members old and new, checked out all the cool tattoo collectables, and they shared stories of their personal collections. This was the biggest event in past history that gathered, under one roof, so many collectors, great collectables, and artists interested in the past. A few items were traded, as real collectors never sell, but are sometimes willing to trade to get that elusive “must have.” If you love the history of tattooing , check out Fans of Les Skuse and the Bristol Tattoo Club on

This year was truly historical at Troy Timpel’s Philly Convention due to the fact that the Bristol Tattoo Club (est. 1953) was making its first appearance in the United States since founder, Les Skuse, visited in 1956. Just the history of the members of the BTC is astounding, with past members Paul Rogers, Huck Spaulding, Milt Zeis, Sailor Jerry Collins, Al Schiefley, D C Paul, and others being the who is who in tattooing.

All sorts of stories and artifacts are shared among members.

Jimmie Skuse (Les’s grandson), his wife Jackie, and Rambo, an artist /mega-collector, attended this historical event upon their first visit to the United States.

There is a collectors subgroup in the BTC, of which I am proud to be a member. In this group you have the heavy hitters in the tattoo collecting world. Rambo, from Manchester, England, has a collection which easily rivals the best in the world, and you have four members who own the coveted Edison Electric Pen. At the convention one of these Edison pens was on display thanks to Dano Collins and Le Dan Peace proudly displayed his beautiful collection of antique machines , including a rare

Facebook or, better yet, join Bristoltattooclub@live.co.uk. History is free and that’s a great thing for any collector. Rambo and I struck a deal for a trade which left both of us content …at least for the moment.

My next article will be on the amazing collection of Rambo of Manchester and the rarest of rare items that he possesses—except for the one I now have HaHaHa.

See ya in the funny papers. Keep your hat on so I’ll know ya.

Dana

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