A sailor gets a tattoo on his arm in Virginia.Photograph by Paul L. Pryor, National Geographic
Tattoo artist Les Skuse at work, Bristol, 1960s
Tattooed lady, Betty Broadbent gets a smallpox vaccination, New York, 1947 (via)
Japan, 1946 (via)
Tattooed Lady photographed for National Geographic, 1931 (via)
Pam Nash tattooed by Les Skuse, Bristol c. 1950s
Jessie Knight, Britain’s first professional female tattoo artist at work (via)
Tattoo Jack applies a flash design to a customer in his Nyhavn shop c. 1940s (via)
Jeff Newton and Pamela Nash, members of the Bristol Tattooing Club c. 1950s
Charles Wagner (1875 - January 1, 1953) was a tattoo artist and the apprentice of Samuel O’Reilly, the inventor of the electric tattoo machine. As a young boy, Wagner saw Prince Constantine at a dime museum in the 1880s. This experience influenced his career choice.
Charles worked as a tattoo artist in New York City for over 50 years, and in 1904, acquired a patent of his own for a new tattoo machine, with the coils aligned differently to O’Reilly’s original. Charles’ design is very similar to many of those still used today. Sailors were his biggest customers but he also did work for tattooed ladies such as Betty Broadbent, Mildred Hull, Irene Woodward, May Vandermark and Lotta Pictoria.
When Samuel O’Reilly died, Wagner took over his studio and worked there until he died in 1953.
Wagner was arrested in 1943 in New York for violating the Sanitary Code. He told the judge he was too busy doing necessary work for the war (tattooing clothing on sailors’ pin up tattoos) to keep his needles clean. He got a fine for 10$ and was told to clean up his shop.
After he died, the contents of his studio, including his artwork were taken to the city dump. (x)
Mae Vandermark Patton c.1920s
I’ve seen this photograph constantly posted as Betty Broadbent.
This is not Betty Broadbent- this is former circus attraction Irene “Bobbie” Libarry photographed by Imogen Cunningham, 1976.