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Posted on: August 12, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Heritage Research Center Presents Tattoo History Program

The Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library is sponsoring a program on tattoo history. Chuck W. Eldridge of the Tattoo Archive in Winston-Salem will give a presentation on North Carolina Tattoo History Monday, August 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Morgan Room at the High Point Public Library.

His talk will feature photographs, tattoo designs, and business cards from North Carolina tattooists of the past. Tattoos date back to ancient times and could be used to identify tribal affiliation, to identify the outcast of society, or to identify your status. The art has grown over time and spread across the world. There is a sociological aspect to tattoos that tells the story of the individual, the society in which they live at the time, and what that art expresses as a reaction to the societal norms of that time period.

"We are lucky to have in the Guilford County/Forsyth area a knowledgeable expert in Chuck W. Eldridge or as I like to call him the Tattoo Professor," Marcellaus A. Joiner, Heritage Research Center Supervisor and High Point Museum Archivist, said. "Mr. Eldridge who has well over 30 years of experience in the art of tattooing will take participants on a journey informing of the development of styles, practices, and how the art developed through different time periods in North Carolina."

Eldridge formed the Tattoo Archive in 1980 in Berkeley, California. Its goal is to preserve the history of tattooing through writing and research. He and his associates continue their goal of promoting tattoo history in their new Winston-Salem location and always welcome an opportunity to give a glimpse into their collection.

The High Point Public Library is committed to nurturing the joy of reading, sharing the power of knowledge, strengthening the sense of community and enhancing cultural and economic vitality. HPPL is committed to promoting, encouraging, and enhancing lives through library services The Library, a department of the City of High Point, is located at 901 N. Main Street.

The High Point Museum, a division of the High Point Public Library, shares Greater High Point’s history, provides perspective for current issues, and strengthens the sense of community. 

The City of High Point aims to serve as the catalyst for bringing together the community’s human, economic and civic resources for the purpose of creating the single most livable, safe and prosperous community in America. For more information on the City, visit



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