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Tattooing in South Africa

John Thompson who was born in Bedale, North Yorkshire, England in 1871 – relocated to Galveston in the USA. Where he changed his name to J.T. Clark and married Bertha Ritchie the tattooed lady – who went by the show name

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Stoney St Clair

A great DVD hit American stores in 2005 entitled ‘Stoney Knows How’ Which although only 29 minutes and 12 seconds long is a great piece of tattooing history – And in it we see Stoney St Clair tattooing tattoo legend

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Tattooing in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Considering it’s great seafaring traditions it will hardly come as a surprise to find that Denmark has and always has had its fair share of great tattoo artists. And possibly one of the Countries most famous tattoo artists would have

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Tattoo's make the news in South Africa

On the 26th of December 1961 ‘The Johannesburg Star’ newspaper of South Africa reported on the story of Jacobus Van-Dyn.  Van-Dyn was in London trying to sell his tattooed head, Van-Dyn told the paper that his head would be hacked

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Princess Marie of Denmark tattooed

Prince Waldemar (1858-1939) of Denmark was believed to have been tattooed. We know for a fact that his wife Princess Marie (1865-1909) was via newspaper reports of the day. Which included quite a profile on the French Princess of Orleans

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Paul Rogers moves to Jacksonville, Florida

Franklin Paul Rogers (1905-1990) moved to Jacksonville in Florida of the USA in the 1960’s – Where he tattooed with Bill Williamson in a studio on 409 Main Street, FL. When Bill died in 1964, Paul took over the business.

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John Henry Rhodes (Cecil Rhodes)

Cecil Rhodes (John Henry Rhodes) (1880-1951) tattooed many of his army buddies during the First-World-War and opened his first studio at 173 Snargate Street, Dover, England. Where he tattooed with an electric machine as opposed to tattooing by hand, which

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Tattoo Jock, Kings Cross, London

In 1985, I paid a visit to Jock Liddel at his tattoo studio in the Kings Cross area of London, England – For an article I wrote of which appeared in ‘Tattoo International’ magazine issue 96 – At the time

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The tattooed Omai comes to England

On Captain Cook’s second voyage to the pacific (sailing from Plymouth, England, July the 13th 1772). The commander of Cook’s second ship “Adventure” Captain Tobias Furneaux returned to England in 1774 with the Polynesian Omai, who he placed into the

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Jessie Knight becomes Great Britains first professional female tattoo artist

Before Jessie Knight became Great Britain’s first professional female tattoo artist she worked for her father in his sharp shooting circus act. Her job being to stand before him so that he could hit a target that was sometimes placed

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