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Crabs, ravens and Jeff Goldblum? Oh my!: Scenes and words from 12th Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention

Crabs, ravens and Jeff Goldblum? Oh my!: Scenes and words from 12th Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention

Baltimore’s tattooing history runs more than skin-deep. Carl Murray points to Tattoo Charlie’s, downtown on Baltimore Street, which Charlie Geizer opened in 1938. The red-goateed Essex native began apprenticing under Dennis Watkins, who took over the shop after Geizer’s death in 1980, as a 17-year-old. Murray since became famous as a broadcaster and announcer — largely under versions of his moniker, Dr. Carl Blasphemy — as well as a respected authority on tattoo culture.

“Baltimore’s always been a tattoo town,” he says. “When I was 17, back in the ‘80s, tattooing was very big. Back then, about one in every 10 or 12 people you knew had a tattoo. We’ve seen it gradually increase, to...

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