Tattoos are ubiquitous today. But, in decades past, they were the markers of outlaws and low-lifes. In other words, not something you brought home to mother.
These images are just some of the amazing archival photos we unearthed for our second webisode on the history of tattoos.
They were taken by a retired French police officer at the turn of the Century. Some serious Irving Penn sh*t.
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Be sure to check out our Where Cool Came From webisode on Tattoos, airing the week of March 10th!