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- Welcome to Lyle Tuttle Tattooing - Lyle Tuttle opened his first infamous shop on 7th street near the Greyhound bus station in 1960. Lyle has been almost solely responsible for bringing tattooing into the main stream. He appeared in the 1970s on the Late Show with Johnny Carson. He was the subject of numerous documentaries on tattooing, and later was also photographed by the world-renowned photographer Annie Lebowitz for Rolling Stone Magazine. With the popularizing of tattooing, many celebrities came for his services. That included Janis Joplin, Cher, and Peter Fonda. As tattooing emerged from an underground art form to the mainstream, Lyle worked with the San Francisco Department of Health to come up with modern and standardized techniques for the sterilization of tattooing equipment. After the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, Lyle moved his tattoo shop to the tourist hotspot of North Beach, right on the cable car line. In 1995, Lyle met Tanja Nixx, who had been tattooing for two years at that time. As Lyle became more and more busy traveling the world giving talks and seminars at tattoo conventions, he made Tanja the manager, and then later sold her the shop in 2001. Lyle is still extremely involved in tattooing, speaking on the history, machines, and folklore.
- Artist Statement: Born and raised in Hannover, Germany, traveled through Africa and Asia before making her home in San Francisco. Tanja Nixx started tattooing in 1993 and was hired at Lyle Tuttle Tattooing in 1995. She has been at the shop now for 9 years, and has been the proud owner of the shop since 2001. I love tattooing, because I get an instant gratification. I like to realize people's ideas, and the fact they will look at my art every day for the rest of their lives and hopefully be happy with it. It is an exciting challenge to work on skin. When I am not tattooing, I am either in my studio painting, or out with my dog 'Rooster.' Check out Tanja's MySpace account at www.myspace.com/tanjanixx.
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