Lyle Tuttle & Chadwick, his English Bull Terrier, 1972. Notice the tattoo on the Chadwick's inner leg!
"You couldn't swing a cat by it's tail over your head without getting hair in your teeth!" The 5x7 foot space (behind him in the photo above) as described by Lyle Tuttle was the site of his first shop when working for Bert Grimm at 16 Cedar Way, Long Beach, CA. on "The Pike".
After tattooing in Anchorage and Fairbanks, AK. and Oakland, CA., Lyle opened up shop in 1960 at #30 7th St., in between Mission St. and Market St., also referred to as South of Market, San Francisco, CA.
As the story goes, the end of an era and the beginning of a new one. Lyle tattooed at #30 7th St., San Francisco, CA. for 29 and a half years, until the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989 caused the building to be "yellow tagged".
Front of 841 Columbus St., San Francisco, CA. circa 1989.