Ole Hansen was known as both the "King's Tattooer" and the "Tattooer's King," referring to the work he did on His Majesty Frederick IX, King of Denmark.
Ole went to sea at the tender age of 14 and started tattooing 4 years later. During World War II he fought in Europe and North Africa, tattooing all the while from a portable outfit.
In 1947 when he bought Tato Jack's shop, Ole moved into one of the oldest tattoo shops in the world -- the already famous No.17 Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark. By the early 1980s Ole said there had been tattooing at that location for 100 years!
Ole built his own tattoo machines, which had many unusual features including, sealed coils, short tube, finger-tip on and off switch and plug-type electrical connector. Ole spent 40 years at the Nyhavn shop and became a well-respected and beloved artist.
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