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17 Kick-Ass Vintage Photos Of Women With Tattoos

These badass women had tattoos waaay before it was cool.

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Maud Wagner, the first well-known female tattoo artist/badass in the United States, 1907.
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Maud Wagner, the first well-known female tattoo artist/badass in the United States, 1907.

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Kickass snake tat, 1928.
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Kickass snake tat, 1928.

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Betty Broadbent, a well-known tattooed lady, at the New York World's Fair, 1930s.
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Betty Broadbent, a well-known tattooed lady, at the New York World's Fair, 1930s.

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The original girl with the dragon tattoo, 1930s.
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The original girl with the dragon tattoo, 1930s.

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A tattooed butterfly garter belt will never fall down when you're doing the Charleston, 1930s.
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A tattooed butterfly garter belt will never fall down when you're doing the Charleston, 1930s.

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Yes, you can look elegant covered in ink. Betty Broadbent, 1930s.
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Yes, you can look elegant covered in ink. Betty Broadbent, 1930s.

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Pam Nash, a champion tattooed lady, with a Japanese garden scene across her back, 1960s.
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Pam Nash, a champion tattooed lady, with a Japanese garden scene across her back, 1960s.

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Don't mess with Mrs. Williams, 1897.
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Don't mess with Mrs. Williams, 1897.

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A simple horse and jockey tattoo, 1930s.
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A simple horse and jockey tattoo, 1930s.

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Pam Nash FTW, 1960s.
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Pam Nash FTW, 1960s.

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Your man always has your back when his face is tattooed on it, 1936.
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Your man always has your back when his face is tattooed on it, 1936.

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Think your swallow tats are cool? This woman got them before you were even born, 1965.
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Think your swallow tats are cool? This woman got them before you were even born, 1965.

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Miss Stella Grassman, BAMF and tattoo artist, 1930s.
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Miss Stella Grassman, BAMF and tattoo artist, 1930s.

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A naked lady riding a bird, 1928. Why not?
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A naked lady riding a bird, 1928. Why not?

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Hell yeah, Cally d'Astra, 1860.
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Hell yeah, Cally d'Astra, 1860.

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Just getting another tat, NBD, 1964.
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Just getting another tat, NBD, 1964.

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Emma de Burgh, another famous tattooed lady, and her bangin' Last Supper tattoo, 1897.
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Emma de Burgh, another famous tattooed lady, and her bangin' Last Supper tattoo, 1897.

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