Revive Interest in

ART of TATTOOING

"Miss Stella,"

 

 

Well known to curiosity seekers who are willing to pay a dime to see her.  Her body, from the neck down, is covered with varied colored patterns.

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Professor T. Conway

 Tattoo expert

 

The patriotic motif shown has the picture of George Washington tattooed on his back.

 

His chest is similarly adorned with patriotic emblems in a multitude of colors.

 

 

INTEREST in tattooing has been revived by a book that covers the subject thoroughly and frankly. “Tattoo” by Albert Parry, makes many startling revelations.

 

For instance, it is surprising to learn how many women, even in society circles, adorn their physical charms with multi-colored figures of butterflies, hearts, cupids and initials of loved ones.

The tattoo mark even is found in royal palaces and King George V of England can oast, if he so desires, of two dragons, one on either arm. These he acquired when he toured the Orient with his brother away back in 1879. When news of the future king’s adornment became public, many men and women high in public life rushed to the tattoo parlors to join in the “skin game.”

 

However, the greatest masterpiece in the tattoo art are found among sailors and among the professionals, those who place themselves on exhibition at circuses and museums. Selected illustrations from Parry’s book are.

 

 

 

Prof. Charles Wagner

 

well known tattoo artist of the present day, is pictured here decorating the back of a young woman who plans a circus career. 

 

Note the ultra-modern electric tattoo needle equipment, allowing faster, more accurate drawings.

 

 

 

 

Constantine

 

The world's most famous tattooed specimen.  He was brought to the U. S. by the late P. T. Barnum, circus man extraordinary. 

 

Every part of Constantine's body was tattooed.  Barnum paid this highly decorated Turk $1,000 a week and dubbed him "The Living Picture Gallery." 

 

There were 388 separate designs tattooed on his body.

 

Article Popular Mechanics April 1934

 


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