Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey


  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.


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