Annie Howard – The Tattooed Venus

Annie Howard – The Tattooed Venus

Annie Howard Annie Howard was known as the « tattooed Venus ». She was a spitfire rebel ; a divorcee who once slapped a man for insulting her tattoos, which landed her in jail for 10 days ! A news article states, that Annie was arrested early on in her career (1882)...
Emma de Burgh

Emma de Burgh

Emma De Burgh was one half of the first tattooed couple attraction, Emma and Frank De Burgh. She was entirely hand tattooed by Samuel O’Reilly the inventor of the tattoo machine. It’s reasonable to assume that during the 18 months that it took him to...
La Belle Irene

La Belle Irene

  Tattooed Women/Irene Woodward La Belle Irene Irene Woodward was the stage name of Ida Levina Lisk born on August 24, 1857 to a working class family (her father was a shoemaker) There is some discrepancy as to who was the first tattooed lady, Irene Woodward or...
Nora Hildebrandt

Nora Hildebrandt

Tattooed Women Tattoo History Nora Hildebrandt was the first tattooed woman circus attraction. She was first exhibited in 1882, eighteen years after the international success of Captain Contentus. Like him, her official biography consisted of a tale of being forcibly...