Bert Grimm (February 8, 1900 – 1985) Born in Portland, Oregon, USA is one of the legends of mid-century American tattooing. Maybe his best talent was his power of persuasion. He told everyone he could that he was the greatest Tattoo artist ever. And after running down the list of his famous clients like Bonnie and Clyde, Pretty Boy Floyd, so how could you not want to be tattooed by him. All his clients would later show off their work and tell how it was done be the greatest tattoo artist ever. Demand just snowballed.
As with many legends conflicting stories will arise. Some say he started in 1916 others 1927. Early in his career, Grimm spent a season with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show. Throughout the years he operated shops in Chicago, Honolulu, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Seattle, Los Angeles, Long Beach, St Louis, Portland and Seaside Oregon, and China.
Bert opened and operated “Bert Grimm’s World Famous Tattoo” at the Nu Pike in Long Beach, CA from the 1950s to the late 60s. In the 7