40 Mysterious Victorian Tattoos
We owe a lot to Victorian era when it comes to tattoos.
Indeed, under the reign of Queen Victoria, tattoo started to be seen as a recreational activity, both for entertainment (with freak shows displaying heavily tattooed men and women) and personal pleasure (the future King Edward VII and many aristocrats of the time got some ink when travelling in the colonies).
Victorian era also gave birth to the steampunk genre, a science-fiction aesthetic combining dapper victorian iconography and futuristic steam-powered machines. Steampunk is of course coveted for tattoo designs, yet often mistaken with biomechanical and mechanical tattoos. Die hard steampunk’s fans are worshipping Tesla, Edison and Jules Verne.It is not all about the gears, it is more about the funny misappropriation of this part of history inhabited by wise and fair British ladies and gentlemen.
But Victorian era was not that calm. This is the period that has produced the fathers of horror, Bram Stocker and his vampires, Edgar Allan Poe and his gothic mysteries, Robert Louis Stevenson and his Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mister Hyde, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and of course, leaded to the spooky monsters of H.P. Lovecraft. Popular culture also owes a lot to Victorian murderers, especially Jack the Ripper and the barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd, and to the dark humor of Oscar Wilde.
Finally, life is good in the light of the famous London gas street light and in the dark street of the East End ! Not surprising then that they have inspired some disturbing and dark tattoos. Ready for a fun time travel ? Check those weird yet lovely Victorian tattoos…