Samuel O'Reilly

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Samuel F. O’Reilly was born in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut to Irish immigrants Thomas O’Reilly and Mary Ann Hurley in May 1854.[1]

Samuel F. O'Reilly
Born May 1854
Waterbury, New Haven, CT
Died 29 Apr 1909
Brooklyn, Kings, NY
Occupation Tattoo Artist
Known for Invented the rotary Tattoo Machine

O'Reilly was a New York tattoo artist, who patented the first electric tattoo machine on December 8, 1891.[2][3] He began tattooing in New York around the mid-1880s.[4] O'Reilly's machine was based on the rotary technology of Thomas Edison's autographic printing pen.[5] Although O'Reilly held the first patent for an electric tattoo machine, tattoo artists had been experimenting with and modifying a variety of different machines prior to the issuance of the patent. O'Reilly's first pre-patent tattoo machine was a modified dental plugger, which he used to tattoo several dime museum attractions for exhibition between the years 1889 and 1891.[6] From the late 1880s on, tattoo machines continually evolved into what we now consider a modern tattoo machine.[7] O'Reilly first owned a shop at #5 Chatham Square on the New York Bowery. In 1904, he moved to #11 Chatham Square when the previous tenant, tattoo artist Elmer Getchell, left the city.[8] Charles Wagner was allegedly apprenticed to O'Reilly and later assumed ownership of his #11 Chatham Square shop.[9] On April 29, 1909, Samuel O'Reilly fell while painting his house and died.[10] He is buried in the Cemetery of the Holy Cross, Section: St. Michaels, Range: 22, Grave: 209 Brooklyn, Kings, NY.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

Samuel O'Reilly was featured in the Mysteries at the Museum episode Edison's Electric Pen, Vanishing Carroll Deering, Lizard Man which aired on August 15, 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Samuel F. O'Reilly". Buzzworthy Tattoo History (in esp). Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  2. ^ Tattoos Archived 2008-11-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Samuel F. O'Reilly". Buzzworthy Tattoo History. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  4. ^ "Samuel F. O'Reilly". Buzzworthy Tattoo History. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  5. ^ "Starlight Tattoo: Tattoo History". Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  6. ^ "Early Tinkerers of Electric Tattooing". Buzzworthy Tattoo History. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  7. ^ "Early Tinkerers of Electric Tattooing". Buzzworthy Tattoo History. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  8. ^ "Early Tinkerers of Electric Tattooing". Buzzworthy Tattoo History. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  9. ^ Vanishing Tattoo - history
  10. ^ "Samuel F O'Reilly (1854 - 1909) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21. 
  11. ^ "Samuel F O'Reilly (1854 - 1909) - Find A Grave Memorial". www.findagrave.com. Retrieved 2015-10-21.