I’ve finally finished capturing all of the video from ‘Silver Anchor Video Reel 4’ with the last section being in the worst shape of everything that I was able to import. The original source was likely a VHS Camcorder and the footage dates back to somewhere between 1984-1986 when the tape was completed, with this clip featuring Sailor Sid Diller tattooing at the Silver Anchor tattoo studio in South Florida.
Sid would trade this tapes with other tattoo artists, piercers and enthusiasts all over the world, making compilations (mix tapes!) of his tattoo and piercing clients for the small community of dedicated modification fans on his mailing list.
This video finds him using a rotary tattoo machine to add color to a client’s crotch/penis tattoo. Like a lot of the history videos we post, this clip is intended for documentation/archival only. It features an artist working in less than sanitary conditions; wearing gloves wasn’t standard practice until a few years after this film was shot and viewer discretion is advised.