3.26.2010

BABES

Tattoed babes, from the 1920s and 50s.  Strange to think that this degree of body art was grotesque enough to warrant participation in a circus sideshow.

Plus, tattooing a bra seems like a supremely bad idea.  But our anonymous friend below is rocking a faux bra, and, dare I say it, it looks strangely...satisfying?

Left: Lotta Pictoria tattooed by Charles Wagner, NY, NY, 1920s. Right: Artist Unknown, 1950s.

Below, Deafy and Stelly Grossman, 1920s.

Scans from 1000 Tattoos, ed. Henk Schiffmacher.

12 comments:

The Style Revolution said...

Wow such amazing shots!

Paige said...

Wow wow wow!!! I want to see more photos from this book. I want to know more about Deafy and Stelly!

Dylana Suarez said...

Just came across your blog!

It is lovely!

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Theresa Cheek said...

You rock....!

Nedda Ebo said...

I LOVE the tattooed bra.
It's so odd seeing women from so many years ago getting tattooes like this! x

Haute World said...

Very very awesome. Tattoos are not something commonly associated with this era (especially when it comes to women). Thanks for sharing!

Liz said...

That is beyond awesome. I love ink, I love my ink, I love people with ink. I would love to see more of this book.

But think about it, people who are that heavily tattooed kind of wind up in our own modern day freak shows of sorts. They always get showcased on those "OH MY GOD LOOK AT HOW FREAKING AMAZING/WEIRD/UNUSUAL THIS PERSON IS". Of course, they're a little more tattooed than that, but still.

Seraph + Splendor said...

Ok, we know that we are weirdos but we are curious what the bra tattoo looks like from the front...
S+S

Louise said...

I too am intrigued to the tattoo bra from the front. I can only imagine...

(IN)DECOROUS TASTE said...

S+S- I think I might be a weirdo too...this was my first thought. Although, they have no pictures of the front! I assume they probably just tattooed a whole bra on, but that could make for some interesting, uh, stretching over time...

Jill said...

Love the bra tattoo and I'm not a tattoo chica! What a ballsy woman to get such a unique tattoo during that time period!

rebecca said...

Gorgeous!

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