25 Vintage Photographs Of Women Getting Tattooed

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These were the women who surely wanted something more than a little feather bursting into flying birds tattoo.

Cindy Ray tattooed by Alan Doherty.
Cindy Ray tattooed by Alan Doherty.

Kidding aside, these vintage photographs of women getting tattooed are simply captivating.  Featuring iconic tattooed women like Cindy Ray, Pam Nash, and Stella Grassman, these photos will surely give you the feels and a longing for the sweet, simplistic past.

A woman getting tattooed by Charles Wagner.
A woman getting tattooed by Charles Wagner.
Woman getting a traditional Japanese tattoo.
Woman getting a traditional Japanese tattoo.
Vintage tattooing
Vintage tattooing
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo

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Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Vintage Tattooed Woman
Vintage Tattooed Woman
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
A tattooist at work on a client. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
A tattooist at work on a client. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
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Vintage Tattooed Woman 7
Therese Petite Curie getting tattooed.
Therese Petite Curie getting tattooed.
Tattooist Les Skuse at work on tattooed beauty Pam Nash.
Tattooist Les Skuse at work on tattooed beauty Pam Nash.
[c1930, England, UK] Image by © E.O. Hoppé/CORBIS
[c1930, England, UK] Image by © E.O. Hoppé/CORBIS
Jean Parker was with tattoo artist Les Skuse at the 1956 get-together.
Jean Parker was with tattoo artist Les Skuse at the 1956 get-together.
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Janet “Rusty” Skuse was honored by the Guinness World Records as Britain's most tattooed woman for over 20 years.
Janet “Rusty” Skuse was honored by the Guinness World Records as Britain's most tattooed woman for over 20 years.
[May 1956] A tattoo artist paints a permanent beauty spot onto the cheek of a female client at his workshop in Copenhagen. (Photo by John Firth/Getty Images)
[May 1956] A tattoo artist paints a permanent beauty spot onto the cheek of a female client at his workshop in Copenhagen. (Photo by John Firth/Getty Images)
[February 1965] A tattooist painting a bluebird on a woman’s breast. (Photo by Jim Ryan/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
[February 1965] A tattooist painting a bluebird on a woman’s breast. (Photo by Jim Ryan/Keystone Features/Getty Images)
Doris Sherrel getting her social security number tattooed by Jack Julian, 1942.
Doris Sherrel getting her social security number tattooed by Jack Julian, 1942.
Deafy Grassman tattooing his wife, Stella. c1930s
Deafy Grassman tattooing his wife, Stella. c1930s
BTC Bristol Tattoo Club; two men tattooing rather cheeky words on both the woman's chest.
BTC Bristol Tattoo Club; two men tattooing rather cheeky words on both the woman's chest.
Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Photo by Ron Bull/Toronto Star via Getty Images

CANADA, JULY 25: Beachcomber Bill's wife; Brenda; smiles from table as he shows how he applies tattoo. She's had 28 in the past 8 years. Joanne Smith; 20; wife of his partner watches. She's been tattooed 45 times in the past 2 years; all of them visible when she's in a bikini. ‘My parents didn't accept it,’ Joanne said. ‘My father had been in the navy. He didn't have tattoos; although many other sailors did. What he couldn't accept was a tattoo on a woman. They don't discuss it.’

Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
Vintage photograph of a woman getting a tattoo
c1930s A woman lays her Kimono down as she gets a traditional Japanese tattoo.
c1930s A woman lays her Kimono down as she gets a traditional Japanese tattoo.
17th August 1973, Photo by F. Roy Kemp / Getty Images
17th August 1973, Photo by F. Roy Kemp / Getty Images

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