Original Artwork by
Henk Schiffmacher

By purchasing an artwork by tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher you support the expansion of one of the largest collections of contemporary and historical tattoo ephemera in the world, known as the Schiffmacher Tattoo Heritage.

“We’re all
as long as
our stories
are told”


Throughout the years, tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher has embarked on a journey, looking for the origins of the old-age ritual of tattooing. This brought him to fascinating places and people, from all over the world. The foundation’s purpose is to secure, conserve, valorize, borrow and watch over the collected objects of Henk Schiffmacher.

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December 23, 2020
TATTOO. 1730s – 1970s.
Henk Schiffmacher’s Private Collection

Legendary tattoo artist and historian Henk Schiffmacher takes us on a personal journey through the history of tattooing from the 1730s to the 1970s in this oversized book of stunning tattoo artifacts and designs. Showcasing over two hundred years of worldwide tattoo history, the book brings together the best of Schiffmacher’s renowned private collection with lively personal commentary by the art’s most beloved raconteur and philosopher.

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The collection exists of approximately 40.000 objects, including books, drawings, films and photographs, connected to the world of tattoo art.

Art & Craft

The foundation is committed to maintain and preserve the craftsmanship of tattooing, achieved through cooperation with several partners.


The certified Schiffmacher Academy provides profound knowledge through education, research, discussions and lectures.


The library is the knowledge base in the domain of tattoos. Get acquainted with the extensive book collection of Henk Schiffmacher.