Born in 1919 the 90 year old German tattooer Herbert Hoffman passed away June 30th. He was still tattooing up until the very end and I can’t think of a more fitting way for one of us to go.
He was a rare gem in that he didn’t just tattoo for money but befriended many of his clients and used his pre tattoo love of photography to photograph them in their homes and in natural settings. His numerous pictures of tattooed folks show not only a skill at art, but the compassion and love for those who shared their skin with him.
When this video was shot at a convention in 2007 Herbert was still actively tattooing.
The tattoo world has lost a good one, I doubt we will see his like again in our lifetime . Herbert was once quoted as saying “When I still had no tattoos, I felt as half a man, weak and imperfect”