Goodnight Irene

Irene Woodward, also known as La Belle Irene, was a tattooed lady who performed during the 1880s. She made her New York debut just weeks after Nora Hildebrandt to great fanfare, including a report in the New York Times. She worked at Bunnell’s museum and successfully toured Europe. Onstage, she claimed to have been tattooed…

Ed’s Tattoo Parlour

Tattooist: How about a butterfly on your hip?  Teenage Girl: Its like you read my mind!  Will be stopping by Ed’s.  Location rocks, stumble on over with me, matey.  Must be lovely, rear of Finn’s bar.  Although not a confidence builder having the word “tatoo” misspelled on his shingle. All doubts were quickly dispensed seeing…

Aloha, Baby

Here’s a sheet of tattoo flash that surfaced at an obscure auction. Story was that it originally came through a swap meet in Northern California, not sure what one but maybe the now defunct Marin City. Which was a very cool place where lots of hippies would set up selling stuff from wealthy guys like…