Johnny Mallon (aka Johnny Eagle, born 1928) set up Dublin’s (and Ireland’s!) first tattoo parlour in the early 1960s. I reckon around 1961/1962, anyone have an exact date?
His father and his uncle were both tattooists. One of eleven children, two of his brothers moved to Britain where they also became involved in the tattoo business.
Johnny Eagle’s first shop was on Earl Street off Meath Street. He later moved to 82 Capel Street.
In the early 1980s, Johnny Eagle’s son, Johnny Jr., started work with him in the parlour. He is now a well-known and respected tattooist on an international scale.
Himself and his partner Mary opened up a second parlour at 1-2 Eden Quay in 2009.