Model #6

The Model #6 was available in a dipped (crinkle) finish with nickel trim for $4.50 in the 1930’s.  Later, a chrome plated version sold for $5.00. From 1930’s Catalog, “Is to my idea the best of them all-smooth running with plenty of power, easy to adjust or change any part.  Best tubes, complete, connecting cord… Continue reading Model #6


From Jensen Flyer, “Heavy duty tattoo machine.  This is truly the world’s finest tattooing instrument.  I have put my 32 years of tattooing experience into this machine.  It has perfect balance and is the “BEST.”  A really heavy duty machine, made by myself, as are all of my machines, and of the finest material; very… Continue reading Perfection


From a Jensen flyer, “This machine is medium weight and very nicely balanced.  The frame is made of Nickel Bronze, very highly polished, and does not tarnish.  Lots of professionals use these machines and are very well pleased with them.  Equipped with hookup for spring-clip cord.  Has pure silver contacts.  Price of this machine is… Continue reading Reliabable


With a chrome finish and the “latest” spring-clip cord hookup, this machine was considered modern in its day. From a 1940’s Jensen flyer, “This is no doubt the finest tattooing machine on the market today at this price.  This machine is made of the finest material, frame is made of bronze casting nicely chrome plated.… Continue reading Special

Samuel O’Reilly Bio

1875.  Samuel F. O’Reilly opened shop in Chatham square in the Bowery of NYC. Trained Ed Smith and Charlie Wagner. Filed the first american patent for an electric tattoo machine around 1890.  Patterned after a rotary machine which made a series of rapid holes in sewing stencils.