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June 26, 2019

Before Tattoo Was Popular: 30 Cool Pics of Tattooed Ladies From the Early 20th Century

Tattoos date back many thousands of years.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the majority of tattoos were found on circus performers or sailors. Tattoos were used to tell someone's personal story, as well as their professions. For example, it was common for a sailor to have an anchor tattoo.

Tattooed ladies from the early 20th century

Tattoos were not very common or socially acceptable until the mid 20th century. Up until this time, they were reserved for a small population, mainly those in the entertainment industry. Fully tattooed people became a popular attraction in and of themselves.

Tattoos and women at the beginning of the 20th century were not very compatible concepts: skirts and pants and are now badly associated with tattoos. However, even then there were quite radical (in the full sense of the word) ladies who covered their bodies with tattoos, despite the fact that it was socially unacceptable and too rare.

Here below is a set of stunning photographs that captured portraits of tattooed ladies in the early 20th century.

Emma de Burgh, circa early 1900s

Nora Hildebrandt, circa early 1900s

Portrait of a tattooed lady in the early 1900s

Tattooed lady with umbrella, circa 1900s

Maude Wagner, 1908

Djita Salome, circa 1910s

La bella Angora, circa 1910s

Tattooed girl, circa 1910s

Tattooed girl, 1912

Artoria Gibbons, 1920s

Artoria Gibbons, 1920s

Back of a tattooed lady, circa 1920s

Beautiful lady with full of tattooed body, circa 1920s

Edith Burchett, circa 1920s

Lady Viola, circa 1920s

May Vandermark, circa 1920s

May Vandermark, circa 1920s

Stelly Grossman, circa 1920s

Tattooed body of a young woman, circa 1920s

Tattooed girl in dress, circa 1920s

Tattooed girl, circa 1920s

Trixie Richardson, circa 1920s

Beautiful lady with tattoos, circa late 1930s

 Betty Broadbent, circa 1930s

Mildred Hull, circa 1930s

Tattooed woman sitting on small table, 1931

Betty Broadbent, 1939

Back of a tattooed lady, circa 1940s

Pamela Nash, circa 1940s

Tattooed girl, circa 1940s



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