1.Olive Oatman was taken in by the Mojave tribe after her family was killed. In 1858, the Mojave tattooed her chin to ensure her passage into the afterlife.
2.In 1882, Nora Hildebrandt was a canvas for her father when he wasn't busy tattooing sailors. He was America's first professional tattoo artist.
3.Bertha Ritchie a.k.a. Princess Beatrice: After losing her family in a storm, she went slightly mad. Her late husband's friend and her went to South Africa in 1903 and it was there when he started tattooing her.
4.Maud Wagner is the first known female tattooist in the US: circa 1911.
5.Betty Broadbent a.k.a. The Tattoo'd Lady was a popular act in the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, circa 1927.
6.The Ainu people of Japan tattooed the lips and mouths of the single women.
7.Jean Furella was a bearded lady in the circus, but after meeting the man of her dreams she shaved it off and decided to become the tattooed lady, so she could stay in the circus: circa 1940.
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