Rich T, owner and curator of Ohio Tattoo Museum, will visit the oldest tattoo shop in Sacramento, Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing, located at 2722 X St, Sacramento, CA 95818, to present a slideshow and short talk on his new book, Coveted: The Del Cook Collection. Rich will be sharing slides of several pieces from the collection and providing background about who Del Cook was. A limited number of books will be available for sale, as well as custom-built tattoo machines and other merchandise. The presentation will begin at 8 am Sunday, February 4, 2024. Seating is limited so arrive early for this free presentation.
“It took 23 years for the story of who Del Cook was to unfold,” states Rich T. “I am really proud of this project. Del Cook was a collector of tattoo antiquities way before anyone cared about tattoo history. He was way ahead of his time.”
Rich T refers to himself as an accidental collector. "I did not set out to have a collection of tattoo-related antiquities, let alone a museum dedicated to those antiquities. The Del Cook collection, simply put, gave birth to the Ohio Tattoo Museum.”
Pieces from the Del Cook collection have been part of exhibits at the New York Historical Society, The Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, COSI: Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, The Tattoo Historical Society, and multiple tattoo conventions.
When asked how Rich T chose Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing for the talk, he stated, "Bill Lorenz, the owner, taught me to tattoo more than thirty years ago. He gave me my livelihood, without which I probably never would have been in a position to write this book or run my museum." Rich T also owns and operates Bicknee Tattoo Supply.
The casual talk and slideshow will last 45 minutes, with time for questions afterward. Rich will be available to sign books, as well as sell some of his custom tattoo machines. While this is a free event, cash, Venmo and paypal will be accepted for books and machines.
The artists from Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing will be hosting a booth at this weekend's San Francisco Body Art Expo at the Cow Palace. No appointment is necessary, walk ups are welcome!
Rio Mania 20, Live Pro Wrestling Saturday, April, 15, 2023 at the Colonial Theater, 3522 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95820. Sponsored by Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing and brought to you by Total Wrestling Federation, 7 pm Start Time!
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and brother David M. O’Connor after a long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends as he took his last breaths.
Dave made his mark on the city of Sacramento as the owner of Sacramento Tattoo and Piercing, the oldest tattoo shop in Sacramento.
Dave was a piercer for over 30 years and trained many of the piercers who worked for him. He also manufactured a line of jewelry and handled all day to day running of the shop.
Born in Racine Wisconsin Sept 19, 1969, Dave was an active part of the punk scene in the early 80s. He played in many bands, most notably Killer Pigs from Hell, and later Vomit, with which he continued to perform with and recorded music with until his death.
After moving to Milwaukee Dave started piercing and traveled as a piercer with the first Lalapalooza tour in 1990. Landing in Sacramento, Dave and another partner opened Sacramento Tattoo in 1998. After the death of his partner, Dave took sole ownership in 2002.
He continued to pierce and train other piercers and eventually began manufacturing a custom line of jewelry.
Dave is survived by his loving sister Darlene O’Connor, and brother in law Mike Manske, his parents David and Kitty O’Connor, and his nephew Max and niece Sophia. Dave was preceded in death by his nephew Dominik. He is also survived by his girlfriend Jasmine Zeboski and his childhood friend, bandmate, and business partner Bill Lorenz.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor and a Go Fund Me account has been set up to handle funeral expenses.
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