We tend to think as tattoos as a relatively new cultural phenomenon, but actually, that’s not at all true.
Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures, particularly in Asia, and spread throughout the world. The Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan, traditionally had facial tattoos. Also scientists have discovered at least one generously tattooed iceman, dating from the fourth to fifth millennium BC...
So the practice has been around for quite a while. But that doesn’t make it any less fun to look at these vintage photographs of tattooed ladies, proudly showing off their ink in an age when, if not exactly new, the practice was definitely not as accepted as it is today.
Whether it was 1926 in the Bronx, the Thirties in England or 1946 in Japan, these incredible vintage photographs reveal how tattooed ladies paved the way in tattoo design for the rest of the world.