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Documents from the first tattoo parlour in the Russian Empire

5 October 2013

Author : ivgheny-kosthin

Documents found in the Russian State Historical Archive in Saint Petersburg showing documentation from the first tattoo shop in the Russian Empire and then translated.

 

For temporary deposit.

#3276

Stamp: MIA General ARCHIVE

#473

The Case of Licensing Tattoo Practice of E.P. Vakhrushev

Open: December 20th 1906

Decided: January 15th 1907

On 5 sheets of the Head of the Central Medical administration of MIA

“2” Case inquiries

Stamp: Central State Historical Archive, Fund 1298, List #1540

 

To Mr. Head of the Central Medical Administration. Petition from Evgeniy Pavlovitch Vakhrushev, member of the gentry. In 1899 I studied the ways of injecting the painting substance under the skin of a human. This substance, while being visible through skin, creates a permanent image that can never be erased. Many of my close acquaintances wished to have this kind of image (the tattoo) and were extremely pleased with the result. For many years I have used myself as on object for practice. That led me to some very fruitful results, namely to the reduction of pain during the tattooing process and almost complete absence of an inflammation of the skin, which is almost inevitable in the case of injecting extraneous substance (paint) under the human skin. Having heard about my art from my clients, other people, whom I do not know, arrive with requests of getting a tattoo. However I am inclined to refuse due to the absence of an official license and proper permission. I am familiar with two cases when the sailors, whom I refused, were not willing to wait for a long voyage (one can get a remarkable tattoo in India, China as well as England and the North America) and asked the other sailor to make them a tattoo. He did it in a truly barbaric way: he scratched on the anchor with a plain knife and cleaned out the wound with powder when it started to bleed. It is hardly necessary to say that the tattoo was extremely rough and painful and the inflammation lasted for over two weeks. The best way to make a tattoo is the process developed in England. I personally do follow that way. First the image is drawn on skin with the small brush and then it is punctured on with a needle wet with the Chinese ink. Surely the skin of the client and the tools must be unconditionally clean. For that reason I use the new needle for every single tattoo session and clean the client’s skin carefully before. I use only genuine Chinese ink, because all the artificial paints cause skin inflammation and in some cases even blood infection. Taking into consideration all the above along with my true intention to make tattoo available to anyone who is in demand for it I am addressing Your Excellency with petition to grant me with the appropriate license.

 

Signed: E. Vakhrushev, December 8th 1906

Place of residence: Kazatchiy Pereulor 9/3-30

 

The Head of the Central Medical Administration would honorably transfer the report of Saint-Petersburg Metropolitan Medical Administration #7612 d.d. October 18th current year, following the petition of Evgeniy Pavlovitch Vakhrushev, member of the gentry, to license his tattoo practice, for further submission to Medical Counsel, duly noting that according to the point of view of the Central Medical Administration, the petition at question should be declined.

 

#10024 December 21st 1906

To the Medical Council Office.

 

Ministry of Internal Affairs

Medical Council Office

January 12th 1907 #56

 

Excerpt prom the Medical Council protocol d.d. January 9th 1907 #16, cited according to article 8 of the Medical Council Statute HIGHLY approved on March 22nd 1904. Audited: the report of Saint-Petersburg Metropolitan Medical Administration #7612 d.d. October 18 current year, following the petition of Evgeniy Pavlovitch Vakhrushev, member of the gentry, to license his tattoo practice along with the complementing note #10024 from the Head Of The Central Medical Administration d.d. December 21st 1906. Having looked into the matter the Council does not see any reasons not to license E.P. Vakhrushev’s tattoo practice. Hereafter the local Medical Department is ordered to instruct him on the proper treatment of the tools and the necessity to keep the clean conditions during the tattoo process. The named Department is also ordered to observe the execution of aforementioned instructions.

 

To the office of the Head Of The Central Medical Administration.

 

Ministry of Internal Affairs

The Office of the Head Of The Central Medical Administration

2nd case inquiry

January 15th 1907 #321

 

To Saint-Petersburg Metropolitan Medical Administration. Having examined the report of Saint-Petersburg Metropolitan Medical Administration #7612 d.d. October 18th current year, following the petition of Evgeniy Pavlovitch VAKHRUSHEV, member of the gentry, to license his tattoo practice, the Medical Administration does not observe any reasons not to satisfy the petitioner’s request. The local Medical Department was ordered to instruct him on the proper treatment of the tools and the necessity to keep the clean conditions during the tattoo process. The named Department was also ordered to observe the execution of aforementioned instructions. Hereafter based on the resolution of the Medical Council d.d. September 9th current year the Office of the Head of the Central Medical Administration orders the Metropolitan Doctor’s Department to inform the petitioner (resided at Kazachiy lane 9/3-30) about resolution of the Medical Council. Stamp duty paid.



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