The Tattooed Lady

Nora, America’s first professional tattooed lady.

Marx Brothers: “Lydia the Tattooed Lady” from “At the Circus”

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4 Responses to “The Tattooed Lady”

  1. It is interesting that many of the tats had patriotic themes, I count three different gals with a series of portraits of past presidents and two others with just George Washington. The lady third from the end has a swastika on her left shoulder in a photo that was taken at least
    50 years before the Nazis expropriated the symbol in the 1930’s forever making it represent hatred and fascism. This symbol has been in use by myriad cultures from our native “Indians” to the people of India for tens of thousands of years even appearing in the logos of several American companies up to the late twenties. I personally don’t much care for tats especially on ladies although today it is all the rage. You know when someone has forever crossed the line of societal acceptance when they have one inked onto their face or second worse, their hands. I photograph young ladies in my work who have parents that actually seem proud of their beautiful daughter’s “Christian” theme tats on the small of their back, “What Tat Would Jesus Get?” Non-Christion themed ones in this locale are commonly referred to as a “tramp stamp”. Perfect for a titty dancer, an honors student, not so much. I go to the Wal-Mart and see three hundred pound women sporting ink that they got when they were young but gravity has now re-stretched the canvas giving them that oh so hip trailer trash appearance. Tres chic!

  2. jude3obscured Says:

    I guess even the great Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen couldn’t find enough rhymes for “Nora.” Although a vague memory is stirring that Frank Zappa found a few to rhyme with “Dora” (more-a, right here on the floor-a).

  3. …and how ’bout you Fauna – you wanna!

  4. corndoggie Says:

    “Oh, Toreadora, don’t spit on the floora.
    Use the cuspidora, that’s what it’s a fora.”

    — Bizet’s “Carmen”

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