Tattoo Archive takes visitors back in time through its tattoo museum, bookstore and temporary exhibitions | Arts & Theater
“It was literally a miniature version of it,” Eldridge said of Tattoo Archive’s current location in Winston-Salem.
Cohen grew up in Montreal, Canada, and worked as a paralegal for 30 years. She moved to California in 1982.
“One day I went to get a tattoo when my dog died, and I met Chuck,” Cohen said. “I like to say, ‘My four-legged companion introduced me to my two-legged companion. “
The couple then married and moved to North Carolina in 2007.
Three in one
Cohen said she always dreamed of bringing their tattoo shop, museum and bookstore under one roof.
She started the BookMistress, which sells tattoo books, years ago in her dining room. The BookMistress offers a wide selection of books on tattoo history, contemporary tattooing and children’s books, hard-to-find tattoo books, cards and postcards.
BookMistress also sells Eldridge’s self-published books under Tattoo Archive Publications. Topics include Sailors Tattoo, Paul Rogers, San Francisco Tattoo History, and Historical Tattoos Business Cards.
“We have one of the largest collections of tattoo books under one roof in the United States,” Cohen said.
Tattoo Archive’s tattoo store offers custom tattoos. Johnny “Tugboat” Helms is the tattoo artist at the tattoo parlor.