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The Tattooed Ladies

The Tattooed Ladies Tattooed ladies were working-class women who had gotten plenty of ink at a time when it was unthinkable for any proper ‘lady’ to do so. They performed in circuses and sideshows, along sword swallowers, fire eaters and bearded women throughout the late 19th and early 20th century. The ladies would wear clothing [...]

By |2020-04-13T14:05:02+01:00April 5th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on The Tattooed Ladies

Traditional Tattooing Techniques from Around the World

Traditional Techniques from Around the World Tebori Tattoo — Japan  The Japanese traditional version of stick-and-poke consists of using a wooden or metal stick knowns as a ‘nomi’. It has a set of needles — sometimes up to 15! — attached with silk thread to its tip. The artist would have several sets of sticks [...]

By |2020-04-14T12:43:10+01:00March 29th, 2020|tattoo technique|Comments Off on Traditional Tattooing Techniques from Around the World

The Code of the Camorra

The Code of the Camorra - Neapolitan mafioso ink It is said never to judge a book by its cover. However, when it comes to the Camorra mobsters of Naples, you could probably judge them by the markings on their skin.  The tattooed syndicate of Naples Since modern times, Naples has always been one of [...]

By |2020-04-13T12:22:30+01:00February 24th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on The Code of the Camorra

Women Who Shaped Modern Tattooing – I

Women who shaped modern tattooing - Jessie Knight Jessie Knight, Britain's first female tattoo artist  Newspaper clipping of Knight tattooing service women during WW II Hailing from a lineage of counterculture artists, Jessie Knight was one of the most celebrated tattoo artists of her time. Born in Croydon in 1904, Jessie was one [...]

By |2020-04-13T08:47:11+01:00February 17th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on Women Who Shaped Modern Tattooing – I

Tattoo Laws Worldwide – Part II

Thai amulet or "Yantra" While the state laws on tattooing are not so harsh, should you get a traditional (and considered magic) Sak Yant tattoo by a Thai Buddhist monk, there are a number of rules of conduct to follow post-needle. The Sak Yant tattoos were originally done on warriors seeking strength and [...]

By |2020-01-10T06:30:03+00:00January 10th, 2020|tattoo history|Comments Off on Tattoo Laws Worldwide – Part II

A History of Tattooing Tools

A History Of Tattooing Tools — Ancient Tools and Techniques The oldest preserved tattoo kit, found on the island of Tongpatu in Tonga, is a somewhat more quiet ancestor to its modern counterpart. Dated at 2,700 years old, the tools have been identified as ‘bone combs’, flat pieces of bone that have been shaped to [...]

By |2019-12-27T07:33:14+00:00December 27th, 2019|tattoo history|Comments Off on A History of Tattooing Tools