As we commented earlier in our article on the Tattoo Artist's Day, the Dane known as Lucky Tattoo, who arrived in Brazil in 1959 and practically brought the world of professional tattoos to our country. But we don't all know your story well, so we decided to compile a list of some curiosities about Lucky.
First city with professional tattoo artist
The city of Santos was the first city in Brazil to have a professional tattoo artist. Lucky, a Danish born in 1928, moved to Brazil where he began his career as a designer and painter, but also brought the first electric tattoo machine to the country.
His first store opened near Santos Pier and later moved to General House, which in turn helped increase his clientele, but also contributed to prejudice about tattoos, as many of his clients were sailors and immigrants. involved in prostitution and drugs.
As we mentioned in our article about tattoo artist's day, his studio had the following sentence on the door:
“It´s not a saylor if he hasn´ta tattoo”
“Not a sailor if you don't have a tattoo”
Lucky tattooed about 45,000 people for 30 years of career. 24 of these years living in Brazil.
Tattoos and the Santos elite
Since Lucky was practically the only tattoo artist in town, and in the country, his clientele also involved several upper class clients, such as Evandro Mesquista, who made an eagle with Lucky, and the surfer Petit, with a dragon on his arm, which is also quoted in a song by Caetano Veloso.
Lucky lived in SP for over 20 years and started her family with a Brazilian, with whom she had 2 children: Frederick and Erna Gregersen. Lucky passed away at age 55, a year after moving to Arraial do Cabo, RJ, after his Santos store was robbed.
His children continued as tattoo artists after his death: Erna set up a studio at the back of the Energy restaurant on Washington Luiz Avenue, still in Santos. And died in 2008, being recognized as the first professional tattoo artist of the coast of São Paulo.
His son Frederik is today responsible for keeping the story alive by conserving one of the rooms where Lucky worked in Suara, displaying drawings and a painting by Lucky himself.