Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Vintage Tattooing

I had my 13th tattoo done the other day - I'm not sure if that is supposed to be lucky or unlucky.

I also came across this vintage Pathe News clip showing George Burchett - one of the pioneers of modern tattooing. I particularly love the  stuffy-but-slightly-saucy voice-over. Was everything in this era narrated by the one bloke or did everybody really sound like Cholmondley-Warner ?

Hilarious though all this is, I am sure there is some serious social history to be studied here regarding changing attitudes to body art. We keep seeing articles proclaiming that tattooing has only now entered the mainstream but judging from this it was never far from the surface.

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