Bert Grimm

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Bert Grimm
Birth Date 8 February 1900
Birth Place Oregon
Death Date 16 May 1985
Occupation tattoo artist
Website none

Bert Grimm (February 8, 1900- May 16, 1985) was a tattoo artist from a small town near Portland, Oregon.


He started hanging out at tattoo shops when he was 11 or 12. He moved to Long Beach, CA in 1952. During the 50's and 60's he tattooed many sailors in his shop in Nu-Pike in Long Beach, California. He operated many shops throughout the years in Chicago, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Long Beach, St Louis, Portland and Seaside Oregon, and China. In 1983, he was the second person to have been inducted into the Tattoo Hall of Fame. In 1970 he sold his shop in Long Beach and retired. Though soon after he opened a new shop in Portland and worked there until 1977, when he became ill.

He did Lyle Tuttle's backpiece and Betty Broadbent's upper legs. [1]

Since his death, his artwork has been shown in several exhibits.

  • Nov, 2012 Tattoo Stories: A CraftLab Workshop: Fun for everyone!

Craft and Folk Art Museum

  • Sep, 2012 L.A. Skin & Ink: Tattooing in Los Angeles from 1960 to the 1980s

Craft and Folk Art Museum

  • Sep, 2012 CCC Pre-Opening Party for LA Skin and Ink

Craft and Folk Art Museum

  • Sep, 2009 Freaks & Flash

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art


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