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Shadow Puppet Tattoos Recall a Lost Art That Entertained Millions

Shadow Puppet Tattoos Recall a Lost Art That Entertained Millions

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Making shadow puppets is the most fun thing to do with your hands if you’re morally opposed to masturbation

Living in pre-television times must have been super fucking rough. Imagine yourself as a caveman. Sure, most of your time is spend trying to survive long enough so your species can evolve into modern man, but what did you do with the down time? You probably sat around a fire in a cave and made shadow puppets with your hands. Today, we’re taking a look at some shadow puppet tattoos, because long before the dawn of Netflix, all the cavemen had was shadow puppets and chill.

The master of hand shadows seems to indisputably have been 19th century French entertainer Felicien Trewey. He would draw large crowds as he used his hands to make silhouettes of famous personalities of the day. And I thought what I did with my fingers in the privacy of my bedroom was magic…

Don’t these shadow puppet tattoos make you yearn for the entertainment parlors of 19th century Europe? Nah. But it is a neat look at a specific niche of storytelling history.


Servo Jefferson
Written byServo Jefferson

servo is a writer based in the tri-state area, though he is unsure what the third state actually is. when not writing about tattoos, servo runs a small record label, goes on countless tours and adventures, and enjoys putting together Japanese model kits of robots. the texture of Styrofoam makes him want to vomit.

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