Tattoo History Daily

Jul 29

Another Lacassagne collection tattooed prisoner drawing by Émile Simonet (aka Fanfan), 1933. Link to more info on the THD FB.

Another Lacassagne collection tattooed prisoner drawing by Émile Simonet (aka Fanfan), 1933. Link to more info on the THD FB.

Jul 18

Another fascinating 19th c organized crime tattoo from Lombroso/De Blasio, caption notes this #cat is a “hieroglyphic nickname” for a Camorra head honcho

Another fascinating 19th c organized crime tattoo from Lombroso/De Blasio, caption notes this #cat is a “hieroglyphic nickname” for a Camorra head honcho

Jul 17

Fascinating Italian organized crime tattoo from Lombroso after De Blasio (late 19th c), caption notes these are lines and dots indicating the various ranks of Camorra.

Fascinating Italian organized crime tattoo from Lombroso after De Blasio (late 19th c), caption notes these are lines and dots indicating the various ranks of Camorra.

Jul 05

Was thinking about how amazing it would be if there were #fireworks that looked like this #tattoo design! (Marquesan motif from Handy)

Was thinking about how amazing it would be if there were #fireworks that looked like this #tattoo design! (Marquesan motif from Handy)

Jun 27

Went and did a bit of research the other day…found this gem of a pierced #heart design in a wonderful #tattoo #manuscript circa 1907. This might form the foundation of one of my own tattoos in the future.

Went and did a bit of research the other day…found this gem of a pierced #heart design in a wonderful #tattoo #manuscript circa 1907. This might form the foundation of one of my own tattoos in the future.

Jun 24

Pre-order your copy of the forthcoming second edition of friend and colleague Amelia Klem Osterud’s fabulous book, The Tattooed Lady: A History, to find out more about this image: amzn.com/1589799968

Pre-order your copy of the forthcoming second edition of friend and colleague Amelia Klem Osterud’s fabulous book, The Tattooed Lady: A History, to find out more about this image: amzn.com/1589799968

Jun 10

Inadvertently posted some photos for a client project to this account (since deleted) but, hey, why not take the opportunity for cross-promotion? So follow @mybodygallery and join the #bodypositivity movement! These historical tattooed ladies certainly did not fit the photoshopped model of a body type unrealistic for most of us as seen in too many tattoo magazines and the broader media!

Inadvertently posted some photos for a client project to this account (since deleted) but, hey, why not take the opportunity for cross-promotion? So follow @mybodygallery and join the #bodypositivity movement! These historical tattooed ladies certainly did not fit the photoshopped model of a body type unrealistic for most of us as seen in too many tattoo magazines and the broader media!

Jun 09

Amazing archival film footage of historical tattooer Millie Hall found by @thingsandink. Find the link on the THD FB and Twitter…

Amazing archival film footage of historical tattooer Millie Hall found by @thingsandink. Find the link on the THD FB and Twitter…

May 30

Always nice to recieve mail with something you wrote…my whirlwind tour of post-Revolution American tattoo history in the exhibition catalog that accompanies the new Musée du quai Branly tattoo exhibition.

Always nice to recieve mail with something you wrote…my whirlwind tour of post-Revolution American tattoo history in the exhibition catalog that accompanies the new Musée du quai Branly tattoo exhibition.

May 29

Going way back for #tbt. Barely visible wrist and hand tattoos on a  female Wari mummy from Peru in the June issue of National Geographic. There’s also a nice diagram.

Going way back for #tbt. Barely visible wrist and hand tattoos on a female Wari mummy from Peru in the June issue of National Geographic. There’s also a nice diagram.