Vintage Tattoos

Japanese Bridegroom's Tattoos, c.1880 - Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Education

A Postal Runner, c.1900 - Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, France/ Archives Charmet / Bridgeman Education

Samoan man with tattoos - Bridgeman Education

Professor Charles Wagner's Tattoo Parlour, Chatham Square, New York - Private Collection / The Stapleton Collection / Bridgeman Education

Man with tattoos - Private Collection / Bridgeman Education

Gottschaux, New York - Private Collection / Bridgeman Education

F.G. Horser - Private Collection / Bridgeman Education

A tattooed man - Private Collection/ Bridgeman Education

Thank you to Bridgeman Education

6 comments to Vintage Tattoos

  • Amy

    The one of the woman, is that not just sleeves, it looks like they come over her hands?!?!

  • Chris

    *blushes, edits*

  • joanne ciccone

    Tattooing of any sort of male or female has always made me feel very sad for some reason.

  • John Q Public

    Th ubiquity of tattoos disturbs me, it’s become a fashion statement like wearing a shirt or having a particular hairstyle, only it doesn’t come off the same. Yet it’s the single most copy-cat thing you can do these days, getting a tatt.

  • Lee

    I love the artwork in many of these photo’s, so many people opt of for tribal (not understanding the true meaning of the symbols) or end up with a chaotic mashup of favourite images without setting a theme

  • Corinne

    Maude Stevens Wagner and Betty Broadbent should be on this list.

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