1. skindeeptales:

    Many old-school tattooists recalled seeing their first tattooed person in the sideshow, as the circus sideshow spread tattooing from coast to coast in America. They admitted that this had a major impact on them choosing the art of tattooing for a livelihood.

    Ethel Martin Vangi, aka Lady Viola, born in March 1898, was one of those circus troopers causing a stir in the tattoo world and the outdoor amusement business. The Bowery-Coney Island-Brooklyn tattooist Frank Graf tattooed her in the 1920s.

    Lady Viola did have a very special suit of tattoos, often being billed as β€œThe Most Beautiful Tattooed Woman in the World.” Along with popular tattoo figures of the time, she had the United States Capitol on her back and the Statue of Liberty and Rock of Ages on her legs. SheΒ spent decades in the show business world and was still working with the Thomas Joyland Show at the age of 73!

    Although Lady Viola made her name as a tattoo attraction, like many other female attractions (including Betty Broadbent) she also did some tattooing.

    She died in april, 1977 and the last pic is one of her last photos.

    via Tattoo Archive



  2. If me and @the_hyena were turned into an Asian dumpling we’d be called a Rontron. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ (at Three Kings Studio)


  3. A few weeks ago I squished this rainy umbrella on my friend @terrajayneee ‘s elbow/ditch area. Thanks Tara!! (at Three Kings Tattoo)


  4. Got this package from @toothtaker yesterday with his new book in it as well as a tape! If you’re not already following his work you should. It’s some of the freshest stuff out there! Thanks so much dude! The book is awesome!


  5. Working on a few new things. Would love to tattoo these designs!!

    Call, stop by, or email the shop to get an appointment set up: info@threekingstattoo.com / 718.349.7755


  6. Just a nugget in a sea of pendelton.


  7. Morning rituals.


  8. A fun pinup I got to tattoo on a lovely lady. Thanks! Done @threekingstattoo


    Small (49cm or so) VITUS red aluminum road bike with yellow decals. Black bar tape, white saddle, with quick release (Campy?) wheels. Stolen in Bushwick from a studio on Meserole and Waterbury. This is my wife’s bike she had loaned out to @dannyrico. Please keep an eye out for it!!!!