Another fascinating 19th c organized crime tattoo from Lombroso/De Blasio, caption notes this #cat is a “hieroglyphic nickname” for a Camorra head honcho
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.
Was thinking about how amazing it would be if there were #fireworks that looked like this #tattoo design! (Marquesan motif from Handy)
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.
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
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!
Amazing archival film footage of historical tattooer Millie Hall found by @thingsandink. Find the link on the THD FB and Twitter…
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.
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.
Read about Artoria Gibbons and many, many more tattooed ladies in the reissue of Amelia Klem Osterud’s The Tattooed Lady: A History, available for preorder on Amazon now!