Thursday, December 8, 2016

Meet Jessie Knight, Britain’s First Professional Female Tattoo Artist

Before Jessie Knight became Great Britain’s first professional female tattoo artist and had a very successful career from the 1920s through the 1960s, she worked for her father in his sharp shooting circus act.

Her job being to stand before him so that he could hit a target that was sometimes placed on her head or on an area of her body. Which of course was fine until one night it all went horribly wrong when he accidentally shot Jessie in the shoulder?

And it was this that prompted Jessie who was born in Cardiff, to give up show business and leave her fathers act to concentrate on becoming a tattoo artist. But instead of learning the art from her Father, (who was also a tattooist in his day) she went to work at Charlie Bell’s in Chatham, Kent, England.

It was in and around the year 1936 – that saw her move onto and set up her own tattoo shop in Aldershot, Hampshire, England. Later to move into the back of an amusement arcade in the army garrison town – tattooing there throughout the Second World War.

In 1955 Jessie took out second place in the ‘Champion Tattoo Artist Of All England’ competition held in London, with a large back design of a Scotsman tossing a caber, complete with tents and spectators in the background of the tattoo, which was judged by reporters from the long gone ‘Sunday Pictorial’ and ‘Sunday Dispatch’ British newspapers of the day.

1960 saw another move, and this time Jessie made the journey to the navy town of Portsmouth (also in Hampshire) and tattooed there until 1963 before retiring to go and help her brother Lenny, who had just left service as a steward on the ‘RMS Queen Mary’ to open a hotel in the city of Cardiff in Wales, where Jessie spent a very happy retirement in her homeland.

Jessie Knight at work on a client, who is expressing how getting a tattoo really feels. Or possibly just hamming it up for the camera, since only a really tough lady would be getting inked during WWII.

Women did get inked during more conservative times, when no one would think they’d do such a thing.

Picture of a satisfied customer. Her swallow tattoo was part of a military event in Aldershot, Hampshire, England, where Knight opened her first shop. She later moved into the back of an arcade and conducted her business there.

Knight won second place in the "Champion Tattoo Artist Of All England" contest, held in 1955 in London.

Knight shows off her own work. She officially retired in 1963, but according to a client of Knight's from the 1960s in the online forum Tattoo News, she tattooed until at least 1965: “Before she did my eagle on my chest in 1965 she lit a match and showed my the flame and I asked her why she was doing this and she told me I do this to show you that I have a steady hand even at my age. She never used a plastic format like they did in Canada because the [tattoo] on my chest was done free hand which is quite amazing.”

22 Vintage Photos Captured Everyday Life of Egypt Just After WWII

These old photos were taken from post World War II in Egypt by an American specialist radar operator during the war. They documented everyday life in Cairo and Alexandria.

Take a look.

Couple in snow, Christmas 1966

35 Interesting Vintage Photos Documented Argentinians at the Beaches from between the 1930s-50s

That's what people looked like at beaches in Argentina between the 1930s to 1950s.

Street in Chicago, 1956

Rarely Seen Provocative Photos of a Lingerie-Clad Angelina Jolie at 16

Celebrity photographer Sean McCall has released previously unseen images from Angelina Jolie's famous childhood modeling shoot in 1991. The Hollywood superstar was just 16 when these pictures were taken, whilst she was just setting out on her road to fame.

The mother-of-six once posed provocatively for a photo shoot in just a bikini, using a sheer scarf as a prop - as a veil, as a headdress and as a screen in some instances - as she pouted those famous lips at the camera.

In another setting, Angelina has had a costume change into a black onesie, with pearl embellished straps. She wears her hair up and fairly minimal make-up but uses her hands in a number of poses - across her chest and placed seductively on her thighs.

The series of shots certainly highlight Angelina’s ability to tell a story - going from Lolita to rebel and innocent teen. Using a chair as a prop into another shot, the teenage Angelina climbing on to the seat while wearing a black PVC all in one with black lace pedal pushers.

While in another set of photos, Angelina wears a plunging purple leotard over a matching sheer scarf she's used as a wraparound.

15 Vivid Colorized Photos That Bring the Vintage Cheer of Holidays Past to Life

There is something about this time of year that inspires a look backward, not just on the previous year but on a feeling of generosity, an electric charge in the air, that has persisted over decades of Decembers.

From the messy aftermath of a holiday sale at Macy’s to mail carriers weighed down with packages to Santas straightening their beards, TIME commissioned Sanna Dullaway to colorize vintage photos of the holiday season.

The newly vivid images have a painterly feel, like eerily crisp Normal Rockwell paintings. But they are also timeless, imbued with the same warmth and joy those who celebrate hope will characterize the season each time it returns.

1. Santa Claus with Christmas toys on a sled drawn by white turkeys. 1909.

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

2. Santa Claus in airplane, 1921.

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

3. Christmas tree in Madison Square Park. New York, ca. 1910.

Library of Congress

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

4. A resolutely tired Denzil Batchelor, in costume as Father Christmas, wearily answers another child's question at Harrods department store in London. December 1953.

John Chillingworth—Picture Post/Getty Images

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME

5. The mess in the wake of a major sale day at Macy's. New York, 1948.

Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images

Photo colorization by Sanna Dullaway for TIME