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“fascinating! but not for the faint of heart”

Triangle Tattoo and Museum
Ranked #15 of 39 things to do in Fort Bragg
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Owner description: Triangle Tattoo & Museum was founded in 1986 by tattooists Mr.G. and Madame Chinchilla It is one of only a few public museums in the world dedicated to the display of tattoo artifacts. Located in downtown Ft. Bragg,Ca. across from the Guest House Museum, the collection is fittingly housed in one of the town's original Victorian store fronts. Triangle Tattoo & Museum is open 7 days a week from noon till six p.m. All ages are welcome. Admission is free. School and personal tours are given upon request. Please call in advance. Besides 27 years of tattooing, Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla, are experienced in radio-television interviews and PowerPoint lectures. Both are authors, having written several feature articles for newspapers, magazines, and four books on the subject of TATTOOS. They have appeared in movies, documentaries and television dramas as tattooed characters (themselves) or tattoo scene consultants.Currently, they both tattoo on a regular schedule. Their newest book is a biography on the life and times of the legendary Capt. Don Leslie who was one of the last of the old-time "Circus Tattooed Men" and a revered "Swordswallower". The book titled "CAPTAIN DON LESLIE-MR. SIDESHOW", will is now available. Mr.G's articles and columns appear in "Skin & Ink" Magazine.
San Jose, CA
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41 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“fascinating! but not for the faint of heart”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

I am completely NOT into tatoos - but the exhibits in the museum are completely fascinating - pictures and tatoo implements from all over the world, and actual people getting a tatoo...

Visited February 2012
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English first
Petaluma, California
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60 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Definitely Worth Checking Out”
Reviewed July 29, 2011

Let me just say this, I am a highly tattooed individual, and this place was a must stop, just to see what it was all about. I had seen them on a TV show documentary, and was visiting my family in Fort Bragg, so I decided to stop by. Right when you walk in up the stairs, there is art work, old sailor photos and tatto pics everywhere. They have a working tattoo shop, and many rooms filled with old tattoo guns, tattoo memorabila, books, and pictures everywhere. If you love tattoos and the history of them, or just the artwork, make sure you stop by this museum. I may even get some new ink next time I'm in town
Please note, you can not take any pictures once inside, which was kind of a bummer.

Visited July 2011
2 Thank jonnytatt
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Palmdale, California
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Worth a stop if exploring main st.”
Reviewed July 3, 2010

I visited this place a few years ago when exploring main st. in Fort Bragg. It is fairly interesting especially if you enjoy tattoos or are a tattoo expert. It was interesting to view pictures of old tattoos and see the old methods and tools of tattooing they had on display. Check it out if your in Fort Bragg.

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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“very interesting”
Reviewed December 8, 2009

The museum was very interesting. It had photos from around the world and from different eras about tribal tattoos, prisoner tattoos, decorative tattoos, circus tattoos, military tattoos etc. They also had a display of various tattooing implements. I was there with my 9 year old son and after a few minutes a person politely asked us to leave because they didn't allow children in the museum at that time. I don't know why because they advertize children are welcome. The museum is free. It's worth a look if you are walking around downtown.

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