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Goodtime Charlie


Charlie Cartwright, a pioneer of single needle tattooing, made significant contributions to the tattoo industry, particularly in the realm of Professional Black & Gray Fine Line tattoos. Specializing in custom freehand work, Charlie's impact on the tattoo world is undeniable.

Early Beginnings in East L.A.

Starting his tattooing journey at the young age of 15 in Wichita, Kansas in 1975, Charlie's passion for the art form was evident from the beginning. He later opened his first venture, "Good Time Charlie's," in East Los Angeles, where he began to make his mark on the industry.

The Birth of a Movement

Teaming up with Jack Rudy, Charlie set out to fill a void in the Chicano art community. Together, they developed a technique known as penitentiary-style, which eventually evolved into the fine line movement. This technique laid the foundation for today's Photorealism style, showcasing Charlie's innovative approach to tattooing.

Legacy and Influence

In 1977, Charlie made the decision to sell Good Time Charlie's Tattoo Parlor to renowned San Francisco tattoo artist Ed Hardy. Despite this transition, Charlie's legacy continued to influence the tattoo world, leaving a lasting impact on the art form. In 1987, Charlie and his wife relocated to Modesto CA. He re-opened "Good Time Charlie's End of the Trail" where three generations of artists
continue to work until it's closure, Feb 2020.

Charlie Cartwright's story is one of passion, innovation, and dedication to the craft of tattooing. His contributions to the industry have paved the way for future generations of artists, solidifying his place as a true pioneer in the world of single needle tattooing.

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