World renowned tattoo artist Les Skuse, founded the Bristol Tattoo Club in 1953 in Bristol, England. The club was started on a few basic principles : increasing awareness of the good in tattooing, along with getting away from the general misconception that only "bad people" or individuals in the armed forces have tattoos. Les also wanted the BTC to promote and set a higher standard of tattooing across the world.
The BTC was made up of fellow artists, friends, and family of Les Skuse. For recognition purposes, each member has the clubs insignia - a black bat, secretly tattooed somewhere on their body.
Skuse started his tattoo career in 1928 at the shop of Joseph Hartley, who at the time was the only tattoo artist in Bristol. Through years of tattooing in Bristol and abroad, Les Skuse was ultimately awarded the title of Champion Tattoo Artist of all of England in 1955, for his advancements in tattoo artistry and techniques.
Les Skuse lived and died in the port town of Bristol. He became the town's most famous tattoo expert and was known all the way to the American shores. Skuse visited the United States in 1956 and corresponded with many American tattooists, such as Huck Spaulding, Paul Rodgers, and Al Schiefley. The BTC was ran by Les Skuse until he passed away in 1973, when his son Danny took over the presidency.
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