TIMELINE

Timeline of Tattooing in Scotland

1892.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Professor Williams (pioneer of Electric tattooing) and Madame Ondena of Chicago USA appearing at Bostock and Woomwell’s Monstre Show, New City Road.  

Direct from the Royal Aquarium, London.

 1896.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Professor Tom Riley tattooing at Fell’s Waxworks, Trongate.

1897.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

2 un-identified tattooists working at Glasgow’s Broomielaw.

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that both men are living in one of the Model Lodging houses near the Clyde Docks and are making a substantial living tattooing visiting onshore sailors.

1899.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Tom Riley, The Society tattooist is tattooing at E. H Bostock’s Glasgow Zoo.

1901.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Robert Leckie, professional Tattooer working around Broomielaw area (Docks) from 37 West College Street. He died from the DT’s (alcohol poisoning) in May 1901.

1903.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Jim Wilson tattooing at E. H Bostock's Glasgow Zoo. Representing his mentor and teacher Tom Riley.

1904.............................................................................................................................................................................

Edinburgh

Professor Balerno is tattooing at Stewart’s Waxworks High Street, Edinburgh.

Aberdeen

Professor Balerno moved to Humber’s Waxworks at 112 George Street Aberdeen.

1905.............................................................................................................................................................................

Greenock

Prince Vallar begins his professional tattoo career in the port of Greenock in May.

Aberdeen

Professor Lloyd tattooing at Humber’s Waxworks in Aberdeen.

1906.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Woolwich tattoo artist Joe Kitteridge relocates to 14 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

He spends 8 years in the city before returning to tattoo in Woolwich.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1907.............................................................................................................................................................................

Dundee

Sheffield born Charles Smith tattooing in Dundee.

Aberdeen

Joe Kitteridge tattooing at 14 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1908.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Professor Whittingham tattooing at Humber’s waxworks 112 George Street, Aberdeen.

Joe Kitteridge tattooing at 8 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

Jedburgh

Travelling tattooist Ben Louvre tattooing in the Scottish border region.

Dundee

  1. W. Thomas from Poplar, London tattooing at 88 Overgate, Dundee.

 

1909.............................................................................................................................................................................

Edinburgh

Prince Vallar and Charles Smith both tattooing in Edinburgh’s Marine Gardens.

1910.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Joe Kitteridge tattooing at 8 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Dundee

Professor Norton tattooing at 36 Greenmarket, Dundee.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1911.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Joe Kitteridge tattooing at 8 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen. 

Dundee

Professor Norton tattooing at 36 Greenmarket, Dundee.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

Lerwick

Professor Norton and Joe Kitteridge tattooing in the Shetland Islands.

1912.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Joe Kitteridge at New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Dundee

Professor Norton tattooing at 36 Greenmarket, Dundee.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar in Glasgow.  Also in New York and Galveston. Texas, U.S.A.

Returned to tattoo at Glasgow Zoo Carnival, New City Road, Glasgow.

Aberdeen and Dundee.

Professor Norton and Joe Kitteridge tattooing together in Aberdeen.

1913.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Joe Kitteridge tattooing at 8 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1914.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Joe Kitteridge tattooing at 8 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Final year in the City. Returns to tattoo in Woolwich.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1915.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Professor Charles Briley tattooing in New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Edinburgh at Marine Arcade and later at Leith Walk.

1916.............................................................................................................................................................................

Prince Vallar joins Army and is based in Arbroath, Scotland and Wicklow, Ireland for the next 2 years or more.

It is believed his father Stephen Vallar kept the tattooing business going while Prince was on active service duties.

1917.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Professor Charles Briley tattooing in New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Kirkcaldy

Professor MacKinlay tattooing at 26 St.Clair Street, Kirkcaldy.

Dundee.

Professor MacKinlay also at 45 Overgate, and also at The Kings Theatre, Dundee.

1918.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Professor Charles Briley tattooing in New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Kirkcaldy

Professor MacKinlay tattooing at 26 St.Clair Street, Kirkcaldy.

1919.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Professor Charles Briley tattooing in New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Charles Smith tattooing at 4 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

1920.............................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Charles Smith tattooing at 4 New Market Gallery, Aberdeen.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1921 - 1930....................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1931 - 1933....................................................................................................................................................................

Dundee

Unknown person tattooing at 32 Brook Street, Dundee.

Edinburgh

Unknown person tattooing at 15 Haddington Place, Leith, Edinburgh.

Glasgow

Prince Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

1935.............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Prince Vallar opens his tattoo parlour at 404 Argyle Street, Anderson, Glasgow.

His son Robert begins his tattoo apprenticeship.

1939....................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Prince Vallar and Bert Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

Stephen Vallar begins his tattooing apprenticeship.

1947..............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Prince Vallar dies.

Bert and Stephen Vallar tattooing together.

1948 - 1952....................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Bert and Stephen Vallar tattooing in Glasgow

1953..............................................................................................................................................................................

Airdrie

Unknown person tattooing at 92 High Street, Airdrie

Glasgow

Bert Vallar tattooing in Glasgow. Stephen leaves the business and Robert (Bert) continues on until 1965.

1960.............................................................................................................................................................................

Edinburgh

Jimmy Todd tattooing in Edinburgh.

Jimmy tattooed at various addresses including Jane Street, Gordon Street and Chapel Lane up until 1976.

Glasgow

Bert Vallar tattooing in Glasgow.

Glasgow

Terry Wrigley visits Glasgow but finds that Bert Vallar is still (just) tattooing. Vallar had lost interest in tattooing and was just waiting for the right moment to cease the operation. Terry Wrigley returns to Blackpool as a mark of respect. In those days Tattooists did not set up next to each other and respected each others boundaries.

1961-1964....................................................................................................................................................................

Edinburgh

Jimmy Todd tattooing in Edinburgh

Glasgow

Bert Vallar’s final year in Glasgow. He closes the tattoo shop and becomes a picture framer.

1965..............................................................................................................................................................................

Glasgow

Terry Wrigley and Jimmy Gould arrive in Glasgow from the northern English seaside resort of Blackpool.

After a month Jimmy leaves to return south and Terry stays and tattoos at 793 Gallowgate in the City’s East End and latterly at 23 Chisholm Street in the Trongate.

Edinburgh

Jimmy Todd tattooing in Edinburgh

1967..............................................................................................................................................................................

Hamilton

Bill Hooper tattooing at Campbell Street, Hamilton.

Glasgow

Terry Wrigley tattooing at 793 Gallowgate, Glasgow.

Edinburgh

Jimmy Todd tattooing in Edinburgh

1968-1976......................................................................................................................................................................

Aberdeen

Gilbert Gordon McLaren tattooing in Aberdeen.

Douglas Stewart Tattooing in Aberdeen.

Hamilton

Bill Hooper tattooing in Campbell Street, Hamilton

Glasgow

Terry Wrigley tattooing at 793 Gallowgate, Glasgow.

Edinburgh

Jimmy Todd final year tattooing in Edinburgh.

1977..............................................................................................................................................................................

Edinburgh

Bill Hooper tattooing at 79 Elm Row, Leith, Edinburgh.

Wishaw

Danny O’Brien tattooing at Glasgow Road, Wishaw.

Ayr

Guido tattooing in Ayr.

Glasgow

Terry Wrigley tattooing at 793 Gallowgate, Glasgow.