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Captain Cook finds tattooing in the South Sea's

King George III of England, on the recommendation of the royal society, gave his blessings to an expedition to Tahiti to observe and record the transit of the planet Venus, which was due to pass between the earth and the

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William Dampier brings back to England a tattooed man.

After the Church banned the tattoo in 787AD – there was not much in evidence regarding tattooing in Britain in the forthcoming years, and we had to wait until 1691, when the tales of William Dampier became reality.  Historically Dampier

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Darwin writes of tattooing

Famed English naturalist Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882) who not only upset religious groups and scholars throughout the civilized world with his thoughts on evolution (that man descended from a lower animal form) via his books, the origin of species (1859) and

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Tattooing banished

The banning of tattooing marks. In A.D.325 Emperor Constantine the Great, banned facial tattoos among Christian’s living in the Roman Empire. As it disfigured what was fashioned in God’s image. And in 787AD the British council of churches at Calcuth,

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Tattooed mummies

Early tattooed finds. In 1972 eight mummies (dated A.D. 1475) were found in Qllakitsoq, Greenland – and five of the six adult women and two children had blue and black tattoo marks on their face’s. These tattooed marks consisting of lines

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Tattooing on BBC TV

Tattooing first featured on the BBC in the 1930’s. The very first tattoo artist to appear on BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) TV was Brighton born British tattooer George Burchett – who appeared on the 27th of January 1938. Radio broadcasting started

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Janet Rusty Skuse – A true great of British tattooing history

Before she became the wife of British tattoo artist Bill Skuse. Rusty was plain old Janet (Rusty) Fields Having her first tattoo in 1961 – (which saw her put on a charge when her employers ‘The British Army’ found out about

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Krystyne The Kolorful

Krystyne the Kolorful who for many years appeared in the Guinness book of records as the worlds most tattooed women. Was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and Curly Allen did her first professional tattoo of a butterfly on her thigh in

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Australian Tattooed Ladies

Before Cindy Ray there were other tattooed Australian ladies and Hilder Alexandria, who went by the stage name ‘Alexia’ toured as the tattooed lady in the 40’s and 50’s. We also had the heavily tattooed Betty Cusko; who at one time

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Sir Martin Frobisher

Sir Martin Frobisher, (1535-1595) came across tattooed women in 1576. When he was on the first of his three unsuccessful sea voyages to find a northwest passage to China. Although without success Frobisher did however find a certain amount of fame

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