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  1. Shawn Callahan
    October 19, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    Great Read… I only wish, my Grandad (JJ Callahan) had been mentioned.

    • Chris
      October 19, 2015 @ 11:27 am

      Hey Shawn….there are almost a million people who deserve mentions in the history of tattooing in the region, it was tough for me to sort everything out and get every person in without making it a book. I’d love to know more about your grandad though…so feel free to tell the story is his involvement right here in a comment.

      • Shawn Callahan
        October 19, 2015 @ 2:03 pm

        Long story Short…JJ Callahan was the first licensed tattoo artist in Rochester NY. His license was issued in 1952, he opened a shop on Clinton Ave shortly after, eventually closed the shop and continued to tattoo from a shop on the front of his house up until into the 2000’s at which point in his words ” unless ya want a lighting bolt, I’m retired” He was very well respected among other local artist and definitely a pioneer artist in this town….unfortunately my reply will have to be short as I am at work, typing this out on my phone. Thanks for the opportunity to throw his name into the Mix.

  2. Some Upstate New York Tattoo Ideas | Exploring Upstate
    September 29, 2020 @ 5:47 pm

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