Dicks Tattoo Shop
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Elmwood

Buffalo, NY

#1 May 15, 2011
Anyone remember (Dirty) Dick's Tattoo Shop on Elmwood?
For anyone home on leave in the 80's, a visit to Dicks was a must.
The place was filthy, and the guy was responsible for spreading more blood-borne disease than Typhoid Mary.
Heard he died of Hep C.
jake

Buffalo, NY

#4 May 15, 2011
i remember him i got tatooed by him way back in the late sixtys we called him dirty dick and he had a shop on chippewa across from radices bar he would tatoo ya and then tape a tissue over it and tell you not to pick at it
T A Herrmann

Satellite Provider

#6 May 22, 2012
Elmwood wrote:
Anyone remember (Dirty) Dick's Tattoo Shop on Elmwood?
For anyone home on leave in the 80's, a visit to Dicks was a must.
The place was filthy, and the guy was responsible for spreading more blood-borne disease than Typhoid Mary.
Heard he died of Hep C.
Yes, I remember him well. He was my father. It was cancer that got him actually, not "Hep C".

Since: Aug 11

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#7 May 22, 2012
T A Herrmann wrote:
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Yes, I remember him well. He was my father. It was cancer that got him actually, not "Hep C".
I remember him and the shop he had on Chippewa. The ceilings were so low you had to duck to walk around. He was drinking a Schlitz Tallboy when he did the tattoo I got from him. That was a good 40 yrs ago. "Dirty Dick" was one of a kind.

“Dorata's worthless turd”

Since: Mar 09

Buffalo, NY

#8 May 22, 2012
T A Herrmann wrote:
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Yes, I remember him well. He was my father. It was cancer that got him actually, not "Hep C".
Dick was a nice guy.
Drank wine with him at the shop.
My old ink is from Painless Al.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#9 May 22, 2012
Buffalo BarFly wrote:
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Dick was a nice guy.
Drank wine with him at the shop.
My old ink is from Painless Al.
Boone's Farm & Mad Dog!! I missed Painless Al but knew Dick & also JJ Callahan in Rochester. They were characters indeed!
LIEF COACH

United States

#10 May 22, 2012
I got tattooed by a bunch of guys of guys years ago in the back of a bar. They didn't have to be so rough. I kept saying "slow, slow" but they wouldn't listen. Didn't like that dirty towel in my mouth, either. I'm not going back there again.
sparkyJ

Morristown, NJ

#11 Nov 9, 2012
Dick did my tattoo back in 1977 on Elmwood it is still in great shape never had it touched up. I remember Dick had water boiling in a small coffee pot in which he would sterilize everything.
mike

Buffalo, NY

#12 Nov 9, 2012
jake wrote:
i remember him i got tatooed by him way back in the late sixtys we called him dirty dick and he had a shop on chippewa across from radices bar he would tatoo ya and then tape a tissue over it and tell you not to pick at it
thats the place i got mine also dirty dick and painless al was down the street he put a little vaseline then a tissue with scotch tape i got a small dagger tattoo for five bucks
Bongo Bill

Germany

#13 Nov 9, 2012
Got my eagle, globe, and anchor, at Dirty Dicks on Chippewa in the 60's. You're right about the Vaseline, tissue paper, and scotch tape. Definently " old school ".

Since: Aug 11

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#14 Nov 9, 2012
Bongo Bill wrote:
Got my eagle, globe, and anchor, at Dirty Dicks on Chippewa in the 60's. You're right about the Vaseline, tissue paper, and scotch tape. Definently " old school ".
Semper Fi! I remember the vaseline and tissue taped over the fresh ink at Dirty Dick's. He was a character for sure. The tattoo I got from him has faded over time but you can still tell what it is clearly.
laura

Buffalo, NY

#15 Jan 29, 2013
in 1980 at the naive and invincible age of 15, my best friend-fellow rebel and I hitchhiked from williamsville to dirty dicks for our tattoos... still a fond, "how did we survive" memory. now that I am 48 i was curious about dick....since a gyn told my friend he died of hep. c and I am testing for same after 2 attempts to donate blood showed questionable hep c results! eeks!
Lifeeeeee Coachhhhhhhhhhh

Chesapeake, VA

#16 Jan 29, 2013
laura wrote:
in 1980 at the naive and invincible age of 15, my best friend-fellow rebel and I hitchhiked from williamsville to dirty dicks for our tattoos... still a fond, "how did we survive" memory. now that I am 48 i was curious about dick....since a gyn told my friend he died of hep. c and I am testing for same after 2 attempts to donate blood showed questionable hep c results! eeks!
Don't blame the tattoo. The virus probably entered through your balloon knot
Chet Booswahnicki

Buffalo, NY

#17 Jan 29, 2013
Buffalo BarFly wrote:
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Dick was a nice guy.
Drank wine with him at the shop.
My old ink is from Painless Al.
Wasn't Painless Al on lower Main near Exchange st and around the Shamrock saloon below the steps?
laura

Buffalo, NY

#18 Jan 29, 2013
I wasn't blaming tattoo or Dick dick, I was just mentioning the incidence, but thanks for your feedback

“Smell Ya Later!”

Since: Jan 11

HA HA, NY

#19 Jan 29, 2013
laura wrote:
now that I am 48 i was curious about dick....
So you're bi-curious?

How much do you weigh?

Ha Ha!
Jim Colorado Springs

Englewood, CO

#24 Sep 9, 2013
Yup, sure do remember him. He tattoo'd a playboy bunny with it's tongue hanging out on my arm in 1975 at the Chippewa street shop.
Elmwood wrote:
Anyone remember (Dirty) Dick's Tattoo Shop on Elmwood?
For anyone home on leave in the 80's, a visit to Dicks was a must.
The place was filthy, and the guy was responsible for spreading more blood-borne disease than Typhoid Mary.
Heard he died of Hep C.
Jim

Englewood, CO

#25 Sep 9, 2013
I'm looking for an original DD image of a rabbit with it's tongue hanging out. Do you have it? Can you get it?
T A Herrmann wrote:
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Yes, I remember him well. He was my father. It was cancer that got him actually, not "Hep C".
CROSS Lief Coach

United States

#26 Sep 10, 2013
I have Bugs Bunny with something hanging out. Don't think its a carrot.

“Dorata's worthless turd”

Since: Mar 09

Buffalo, NY

#28 Sep 10, 2013
Chet Booswahnicki wrote:
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Wasn't Painless Al on lower Main near Exchange st and around the Shamrock saloon below the steps?
Chet, that may be true.
He was on Chippewa in '61 when I first met him.
He would always raise a pant leg and test his machine on himself before beginning a piece. He was a plesant, smiley, chain-smoking guy.

He tattooed me at his shop in Crystal Beach, Ontario in the summer of '63.

I think his last name was Orsini and said his family ran a candy shop; Crist Candy comes to mind.

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