As part of the “Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed” exhibition—which explores not just design but the social history of tattoo and its culture—is the fascinating story of Jessie Knight, Britain’s first female tattoo artist. Born in 1904, Knight was a rebel and a pioneer who was also a sharpshooter dummy and stuntwoman in the circus before turning to ink. Renowned for her artistry, she was robbed and slandered, but was still awarded second place at the Champion Tattoo Artist of All England. Despite her remarkable career (and personal life, in which she apparently shot her husband because he kicked her dog) she retired in her 60s—with a boyfriend some 30 years her junior, no less. Read more at The Guardian.
Britain’s First Female Tattoo Artist