Meet 10 Vintage Women Tattoos that Marked the History

Currently has been normal to find a girl with tattoos or piercings; one can even say that, for a long time, that it was “different” today can be seen as “natural”, and different is one that doesn’t have a tattoo, because, every day, are born new admirers, well-wishers and supporters to this art.
But despite “draw the body” be something that has existed since ancient times, it wasn’t always like this. The ancient tribes if they would secretly Tatoo to show hierarchy or to which group they belonged. Already in the times of war, soldiers and sailors also marked their bodies with their own symbols and messages.
Then tattoos began to be considered a marginal art, symbol of crime, mainly those who were considered trailer juvenile offenders and that went against the culture of traditional families, making the world of tattoos was underground and clandestine.
In that group, between the late 19 and early 20 century, we can highlight some transgressive women, who faced sexist societies to do what they wanted: tattooing the body, which allowed them to win the world only as “freaks”, traveling with circuses, often being advertised as strange and different attractions for having the body covered with tattoos.
Meet 10 of these vintage tattooed women who won the world and that by scoring the skin, were marked in the history for your courage in pursuit of this breach of standards:
Nora Hildebrandt – one of the oldest women tattoos at, there is little information and reports about her. They say that Nora was born around 1850 in London, is considered to be the first woman to shock the United States with their tattoos, which were made by your own father of German origin, Martin Hildebrandt. Your tattoos allowed her to present at fairs freaks and travel with the circus Barnum and Bailey. But, it seems that your artistic career did not last long, as another “freak” seemed to be doing better than she was Irene Woodward.
Irene Woodward – also known as La Belle Irene, Irene was one of the ladies tattooed that performed during the years of 1890. She debuted in New York, after Nora and was so successful that even win highlights in the papers. There are reports that she spent 15 years working in the circus.
Emma deBurgh -Emma deBurg, also known only deBurgh, was one of the famous ladies tattooed. Is considered one of the first masterpieces of tattoo artist Samuel O’Reilly, who had a work inspired by, mainly, in religious and patriotic reasons, one of the reasons why Emma had the last supper tattoo on his back. Emma travelled America with your husbandFrank DeBurg (born James Burke), who also was tattooed by Samuel O’Reilly. In may 1887, she left for Europe and traveled without him.
Maud Wagner – Maud was born in 1897 in Kansas, United States. In addition to being considered a freak because of his tattoos, Maud was a trapeze artist and contortionist. In 1904, in one of those trips for presentation as a trapeze artist, she met the tattoo artist Gus Wagner. With the time they were married and had a daughter, who also became a tattoo artist, but unlike your mother, does not have any tattoos. His mother wouldn’t let dad daughter tattoo her, and when he died, she stated that if your father not to tattoo, no other person tattoo.
Lady Viola – Born in 1898 as Ethel Martin, Lady Viola began tattooing in the 20 by Frank Graf and was considered the most beautiful tattooed woman in the world at that time. She worked in museums and circuses. Died at 73 years of age.
Mildred Hull – Mildred Hull, was born in 1897 and was also a tattoo artist. Started your career in the circus as an exotic dancer and, soon after, began to get a tattoo. Your tattoo artist was Charles Wagner. In 1939, she had your own tattoo shop called Tattoo Emporium, where it shared space with a Barber. She was one of the only female tattoo artists who worked on the Bowery in New York City. In January 1943, Hull attempted suicide, jumping out of your apartment on the second floor and end up in the hospital and resisted. However, in 1947, she managed to commit suicide by drinking poison.
Artoria Gibbons – Artornia was born into a poor family and worked as a maid. Over time, met the tattoo artist Charles Gibbons “Red” with whom she married in 1912. They had a daughter together.
Charles Artoria body tattooed with religious tattoos, because she was a very religious woman and member of the episcopal Church. She began touring as a tattooed lady in the 1920. Artoria retired in 1981 and died 18 March 1985.
Betty Broadbent – known as Lady Tattoo, Betty was also considered one of the most beautiful freaks. Initiating changes in your body, in 1927, young had more than 350 scribbles on the skin. Like the cartoons they called a lot of attention, she decided to enter into the world of show business, being one of the main attractions of the Barnum & Bailey Circus. Betty devoted himself to show business for 40 years and also became a tattoo artist and retired in 1967. She was one of the first women to be tattooed with the new “electrical machine”, the first person to be entered in the Hall of Fame in the world of Tattoos and died two years later, while sleeping.
Pam Nash – Pam was probably one of the most photographed tattooed girls by Bristol Tattoo Club. She came to prominence by having a Japanese garden tattooed on his back, which was composed of a large volcano.
Cindy Ray -the world of tattooing began to Australian Cindy in 1959, when the photographer Harry Bartram made an announcement in a newspaper saying that needed models, but only pay if the lady would accept if tattooing. Cindy was a single mother, working in a factory and he needs money, then faced the challenge, since it would not have any cost to close the body and still win by this. From then on, Cindy began to stamp various magazines and do a lot of pictures. The taste for art was so much that she decided she too would tattoo and began to take over the machine, being one of the first women to tattoo.
Many other girls in the beginning of 20 century also gained prominence for having tattoos at a time right prejudiced. Today, thanks to these women and thousands of other people who believed in the tattoo as art and lifestyle, we’re breaking down the barriers of prejudice and can be every day more free with this art, especially in the labour market that is still very restricted to this universe.