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…

Eagles, Two Maidens and a Tiger

This article is by Chuck Eldridge at the Tattoo Archives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Reprinted here by his kind permission. Mr. Eldridge is a tattooist, and an acknowledged historian on the subject of tattoo history. If there is anything you want to know about the Tattoo World, Mr. Eldridge is your man.http://www.tattooarchive.com/ George Burchett George…

Picasso vs Sailor Jerry

We have been through the Picasso sculpture show at MoMA twice. It did not get better. Seemed careless and sloppy in both thought and in execution.  He did not stick a baby cake server on a pile of Playdough once, but 30 times over. Our artist friends enjoyed the “playfulness” or some such rot. They…

Charlie “of Malta” Parnis

Compare these three head shots: 1. From Lift Trucks contributor. 2. Long sheet found in Dusty Rhodes’ studio. 3. Charlie “of Malta” Parnis, early 1900s. Collection of Hanky Panky, Amsterdam Tattoo Museum. From Pierced Hearts and True Love: A Century of Drawings for Tattoos, The Drawing Center.        Lab staff sent packing along with our…