The Stoney Age

This is Stoney St Clair’s third and final stage of tattooing. He started out doing the classic tattoo imagery, progressing along to a transitional drawing style like this cover up image seen below. This is Stoney St Clair’s third and final stage of tattooing. He started out doing the classic tattoo imagery, progressing along to…

Best Circus Lady Ever

Prof Frank Howard ran away at an early age and came back from being at sea literally covered in tattoos. Here is an old cabinet card from Barnum’s circus where he traveled for many years. The following is from Bmezine.com  Encyclopedia: “Annie Howard was a tattooed lady who exhibited with her husband, Frank Howard, in…

The Girl with the Dead Man’s Tattoo

Scottish artist Jessica Harrison has her own exhibition FLASH.  Harrison uses porcelain figurines that represent 19th century women. Interestingly enough women during that time who were considered ‘classy’ and ‘elegant’ often had these intense tattoos. Later on women in carnivals began to get them and the social value and tradition of women getting tattooed decreased significantly. It became…

Ed Smith

America’s Tattoo Master, Mr. Samuel F. O’Reilly, trained Ed Smith along with Charles Wagner in the 20’s and 30’s on the Bowery in New York City. Bums, empty bottles, and the elevated train ran the streets back then. We have all seen photos of tattooed people but not too many self-portraits of the tattoo artist…

The Life of a Twentieth Century Tattoo Artist: Charles ‘Red’ Gibbons

Most early tattoo artists were attracted to the ancient craft of tattoo artistry because of a burning desire to express their creative artistic ability. The appeal of freedom of an unencumbered profession.  They were their own boss, answering to no one. They were like a close-knit family drawn together by an unorthodox and vagabond way…