anyone curious about the craft of tattooing, those needing guidance in tattoo endeavors, tattoo history, or
getting a tattoo. The NTM tattoo historian and curator (Jay Brown) is a Master of Tattoo certificate holder
with 30 years in the Craft. He can provide a personal tour of the museum or schedule private sessions.
The NTM collection is largely representative of the last century of mainstream tattoo subculture in North
America. The collection showcases historical photographs, documents, flash, tattoo implements, tattoo
related artifacts, an expanding library, an archive of historic documents, etc. The museum has been
diversifying and incorporating indigenous tattoo history from North America and worldwide.
The NTM strives to implement museum repository standards;
whereby following appropriate National Park Service museum
collections standards for care and management of facility and
objects. All objects are inventoried in a collections database
catalog. We are currently incorporating narratives into displays.
repair & restoration services on vintage tattoo machines, etc.
Please note that staff run a tattoo machine shop and attend numerous tattoo conventions throughout the year. As
such, museum hours can change. So it is strongly advised to call ahead and/or coordinate an appointment.
Professionals Dedicated to Documenting & Preserving Tattoo History, Culture & Artifacts
and education of all.
The NTM is a 'Not for
merchandise sales help
offset the cost of rent
and utilities. Donations
comprise the majority
of collections objects.
Thank you to those who
have provided support.