16 Vintage Photos Of Female Tattoo Artists In Action

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Think tattoo careers then were exclusive to the men populace? Think again.

Girls just wanna have fun with British tattoo artist Jessie Knight.
Girls just wanna have fun with British tattoo artist Jessie Knight.

When we think of tattoo artists from way back, we get this image of sailors, or lean, white men covered in traditional style tattoos. But even then, tattooing wasn't reserved for men. Check out the bad-ass female tattoo artists who got behind the ink long before contemporary badasses like Megan Massacre and Teresa Sharpe did.

Legendary tattoo artist Charlie Wagner and Trixie Richardson on a fun tattoo sesh.
Legendary tattoo artist Charlie Wagner and Trixie Richardson on a fun tattoo sesh.
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Jessie Knight was Britain's first known female tattoo artist. Here's a montage of a particular session with the girls.

Jessie Knight being a badass, naturally.
Jessie Knight being a badass, naturally.
A female tattoo artist figuratively giving birth to a girl with the dragon tattoo.
A female tattoo artist figuratively giving birth to a girl with the dragon tattoo.
A self-taught artist, this true badass right here is named Mildred Hull.
A self-taught artist, this true badass right here is named Mildred Hull.
Lady Viola posing with tattooed buddy, Fred Clark.
Lady Viola posing with tattooed buddy, Fred Clark.
via Noah's Project Blog
via Noah's Project Blog

Christian women in Bosnia used to tattoo themselves and their children hoping to protect them and themselves from getting kidnapped by Ottoman Turks. In some parts of Bosnia, Croatian women still practice it today.

via Lars Krutak Blog
via Lars Krutak Blog

A young Motu girl getting tattooed, circa 1930.

via Lars Krutak Blog
via Lars Krutak Blog

A Motu girl demonstrating the traditional hand-tapping technique.

A Samoan woman getting tattooed.
A Samoan woman getting tattooed.
Australian tattoo artist Cindy Ray getting tattooed.
Australian tattoo artist Cindy Ray getting tattooed.
At nineteen, Cindy Ray was one of the youngest tattoo artists to emerge from Australia back in the day.
At nineteen, Cindy Ray was one of the youngest tattoo artists to emerge from Australia back in the day.
A tattoo session supervised by Charlie Wagner. [unconfirmed due to the photo quality]
A tattoo session supervised by Charlie Wagner. [unconfirmed due to the photo quality]

For more vintage photos of tattooed women, check out this previous article.

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Xavier

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When she's not writing for Tattoodo, Xavier likes experimenting with art and organizing local music shows. We're kidding, she's probably asleep. Follow her on Instagram @claudia_strife

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