O'Reilly (May, 1854 – April 29, 1909) was a New York tattoo artist, who patented the first electric tattoo machine on December 8, 1891. He was the first notable famous tattoo artist.read more
Samuel O'Reilly's Tattoos
O'Reilly's machine was based on the rotary technology of Thomas Edison's autographic printing pen.
He began tattooing in New York around the mid-1880s, and by the decade’s end, he had made his name in tattooing. O'Reilly first owned a shop at #5 Chatham Square on Broadway and the Bowery in New York City. In 1904, he moved to #11 Chatham Square when the previous tenant, tattoo artist Elmer Getchell, left the city.
O'Reilly operated out of his shop for 5 years, and his student Charlie Wagner carried on there when he died in 1909, until his death in 1953.