Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo 1949 Australia

BOLD, BRIGHT & NEAT SINCE 1949

Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo Est. 1949 is the second shop to carry the name with the flagship in San Diego, Califonia USA. Located in Hobart, Tasmania Australia in the Elizabeth St. Mall it is open daily from 10am-5pm. 

"BOLD, BRIGHT & NEAT" Since 1949
"Tahiti Felix" Lynch
was a born and raised American but when he married his Tahitian bride and embraced the polynesian lifestyle (he could speak like a true native islander!) he affectionately solidified his nickname of "Tahiti Felix".  He was apprenticed at the world famous "Pike" in Long Beach, California by tattoo artist Mac McKeaver during the late 1930's.  It was not until after WW2 in the summer of 1949 he would relocate and set up his own tattoo parlour just south of Los Angeles in beautiful San Diego, California with his wife and two sons.

    "Tahiti Felix" Lynch (bottom left) along with sons Maurice (L) and Hiro (R)

 

"Tahiti Felix" Lynch (bottom left) along with sons Maurice (L) and Hiro (R)

 
 
 Felix (L) with son Hiro and wife  Nui (Circa 1950's)

Felix (L) with son Hiro and wife  Nui (Circa 1950's)

 "Lefty Al" Miller with "Tiger Bob" Martinson both tattooers at Tahiti Felix's. Lefty Al was once coined "The youngest tattooer in the world" growing up in Honolulu as a child and has worked at Master Tattoo from 1952-2000. Lefty passed away a few years after.

"Lefty Al" Miller with "Tiger Bob" Martinson both tattooers at Tahiti Felix's. Lefty Al was once coined "The youngest tattooer in the world" growing up in Honolulu as a child and has worked at Master Tattoo from 1952-2000. Lefty passed away a few years after.

 
 Legendary tattooer "Zeke Owens" (L) who later went on to work alongside Sailor Jerry Collins in Hawaii credits Tahiti Felix with giving him his "first shot"  working in a tattoo studio.

Legendary tattooer "Zeke Owens" (L) who later went on to work alongside Sailor Jerry Collins in Hawaii credits Tahiti Felix with giving him his "first shot"  working in a tattoo studio.

 
 Zeke Owens today on a recent visit to our now closed TJ Tiki Lounge & Tattoo Parlour in 2014.

Zeke Owens today on a recent visit to our now closed TJ Tiki Lounge & Tattoo Parlour in 2014.


San Diego is home to the U.S. Navy's Pacific fleet, nearby Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton as well as the millions of tourists visiting yearly, has kept the shop "buzzing" for well over 60+ years!

Son's Maurice and Hiro continued in their father's footsteps at Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo from the late 1970's until 2009.

From 2009 until present, brother-in-law  "Tahiti Gil" has kept the "family business" intact and continues to promote the history and legacy of the shop by traveling,  attending tattoo conventions worldwide, publishing trade/sketch books,  vintage tattoo flash art, and donating his free time & tattoo artifacts to museum exhibitions promoting the history of tattooing and the shop.

 
 Master's Circa 1980 - Broadway Location- Downtown SD

Master's Circa 1980 - Broadway Location- Downtown SD

Voted #1 Vintage Tattoo Parlour in the World” by Sailor Jerry Rum 2011
— http://www.buzzfeed.com/sailorjerryrum/10-awesome-vintage-tattoo-parlors-from-around-the

Fast forward to 2012, after being invited to "guest" in Hobart, Tasmania and after several return trips as a resident guest Gil would partner as creative director with owner Don Darkson to officially transform Hellfire Tattoo studio to "Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo"  to become the official Australian branch extending the  "Tahiti Felix" experience to Australia and the southern hemisphere.  - And yes, we are still Tassie and owned and operated!

 When in Hobart, visit Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo located in the Elizabeth Street Mall (Upstairs opposite Target)

When in Hobart, visit Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo located in the Elizabeth Street Mall (Upstairs opposite Target)

Tahiti Felix's Master Tattoo Parlour Est. 1949 - 1/55 Elizabeth St. Mall - Hobart, Tas 7000 Australia