History of Tattoos

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The fact that tattoos existed in a time before “punk” was a word to describe a movement is a hard notion to grasp.

The New Yorker has compiled a series of photographs of women in the early to mid 20th century baring their tattoos. Many of them were pioneering tattoo artists themselves or worked as fair and circus attractions.


Julie Morse lives in San Francisco and is a poetry teacher. She can be found @JulieMorse16 . More from this author →