On Sunday Nov. 10, C.W. “Chuck” Eldridge will be visiting Choice Tattoo in Durham to present his Tattoo 101 lecture. Eldridge is the owner of Tattoo Archive in Winston Salem and has been tattooed, tattooing and learning about tattoo history since the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“I started tattooing in the '70s in San Francisco and had a shop in Berkeley California for many years," Eldridge said. "Then in ‘07, my wife and I — the 'BookMistress' — moved here from California and had the shop here operating in Winston Salem since then."
Eldridge said his lecture is called Tattoo History 101 because it will be a broad overview of the history of the art of tattooing, going all the way back to tribal times.
“A big part of what we do — obviously we have an operating tattoo shop, and a tattoo museum, and bookstore as well — but a lot of what we do is writing and research on the history of tattoo,” Eldridge said.
Eldridge’s wife, the 'BookMistress,' will also be appearing at the event, selling books about tattoo history, including rare and out-of-print books.