Snake Yates

by on Nov.27, 2011, under Art, Movies & TV & Video, Tattoos-Body Art

by Tattoosue on November 27, 2011

Snake Yates (he legally changed his in the ‘80s) is well known amongst tattoo artists.  He was born and raised in Colorado Springs and was one of the first artists in the state.  He still owns Snake’s Tattoo shop in Colorado Springs. He’s now 62 years old and has been tattooing for over 40 years. And now Yates is becoming well known for his talent for restoring old dental chairs to be used in tattoo shops!

Dental chairs are the perfect choice for tattoo work because of their various adjustment choices and their Snake Yates Tattoo Artistmaneuverability.  Yates said using one of these was a real back saver and although he tried to properly care for his chairs, they eventually wore out. The upholstery would get ruined because of the chemicals needed to clean it.

After spending big money getting his chairs repaired again and again, Yates bought an upholstery machine and so began a second career. After years of repairing his own chairs, he now collects and repairs them. He buys chairs from local dentists, old dental offices in Mexico, or scavenges them from dental suppliers. Other artists have gotten wind of his talent and will hire him to repair their tattoo chairs.Dental Chairs and Snake Yates

Yates has now expanded his skills to include wheelchair repairs.  Nice to see someone is restoring a useful piece when we’re so used to chucking anything and everything that wears out or breaks.

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