Have you ever felt curious about knowing the history of the electric tattooing machine? Did the idea of the tattooing machine itself fascinate you? Then, take a glance at the creative history of the world- where people came across the trend of tattoos!

History of the Electric Tattooing Machine

Samuel O’Reilly, the inventor of Electric Tattooing Machine is an important figure in the history of tattoos. He is the usual character who that comes to mind when speaking of early tattooing machines.

Samuel was born in New Haven, Connecticut, to an Irish family. Reilly was amazed by Edison’s superb idea of Electric Pen. This pen did not use any ink, rather, perforated holes in a master form, of which then became a stencil. Ink rolled onto the surface and passed through the holes to make copies onto blank sheets placed underneath the stencil.

Samuel knew he wasn’t far from success once he made slight changes in the actual Electric Pen, to make it an Electric tattooing machine. Edison’s pen was a handheld, puncturing device, used for designing paper stencil.

The accessibility of things was not easy at all. Though there were a lot of advancements in that decade, the electric motors and other electrically driven devices were now capturing the minds of the new inventors. Therefore, Samuel developed his first machine right when electrical gadgets came into general use. Within a year’s time, electrically tattooed attractions seem to have become a trend all over America.

Samuel’s machine worked by using a hollow needle filled with permanent ink. He is credited with the creation of  a tattooing machine with the help of Edison’s blueprint of Electric Pen, to which Samuel had added an ink reservoir.

The History Of The Electric Tattooing Machine: How Old Was The Art Of Tattooing?

Before the Electric Tattooing Machine came to use, there were a lot of other ways in which people used to get tattoos. They used different types of tools which would be very painful and time taking.

The oldest tools date back 3000 B.C. The Maori of New Zealand used bone chisels to carve designs straight into the flesh of the warriors. Polynesian tattoos required two people. One would use a rake like tool to hold the ink and a hammer to puncture the skin. The assistant would hold the skin tight so that the vibrations would not affect the design.

Before the tattoo machines came, ancient cultures used tools like rose thorns, sharks’ teeth and pelican bones to push pigments into the skin. Traditional Thai tattoos were made from the quill-like bamboo needles. Split in two and razor sharp, they range from six to twelve inches in length.

These struggles came to an end when Samuel brought about a totally elaborate era in the tattoo history.

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