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Mildred Hull, “Queen of the Bowery” Unlike many of the early female tattoo artists, Mildred learned not from a boyfriend or lover, but from first scratching tattoos out on herself.  She struck-out on her own and built a business that stretched out over 25 years until her untimely death in 1947.  Initially a burlesque dancer who was first tattooed by a boyfriend, Millie later apprenticed under Charlie Wagner, inventor of the electric needle.   Hull, like many tattoo artists of the time…

Mildred Hull, “Queen of the Bowery” Unlike many of the early female tattoo artists, Mildred learned not from a boyfriend or lover, but from first scratching tattoos out on herself. She struck-out on her own and built a business that stretched out over 25 years until her untimely death in 1947. Initially a burlesque dancer who was first tattooed by a boyfriend, Millie later apprenticed under Charlie Wagner, inventor of the electric needle. Hull, like many tattoo artists of the time…

1915 photo of tattoo artists Mildred Hull, Charles Wagner and Jean ...

photo of Cincinnati, Ohio tattoo artist Prof. Clark in his tattoo parlor Source : The Vanishing Tattoo

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