Brooklyn, New York
|Known for||Invented the rotary Tattoo Machine|
Samuel O'Reilly was a successful New York tattoo artist and the inventor of the modern rotary tattoo machine, which he patented in 1891. He began tattooing in New York around 1875. O'Reilly's machine was based on the rotary technology of Thomas Edison's autographic printing pen. It was the first tattooing device which ran off of electricity. Tattoo machines have had very few changes since then. O'Reilly owned a shop in New York City at #11 Chatham Square. Charles Wagner worked with O'Reilly as an apprentice. In 1908, Samuel O'Reilly fell while painting his house and died.
In Popular Culture
Samuel O'Reilley was featured in the Mysteries at the Museum episode Edison's Electric Pen, Vanishing Carroll Deering, Lizard Man which aired on August 15, 2013
- "Nope, the Tattoing Game Isn't What it Used to Be", The Sunday Morning Star, February 18, 1934, retrieved May 17, 2010
- "Starlight Tattoo: Tattoo History". Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-09-17.
- Discovery Channel
- Six Senses Magazine
- Tattoo Archive-O'Reilly
- Vanishing Tattoo - history
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