Old School Tatts

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The impressive ouevre of Sutherland Macdonald,  Britain’s first professional tattoo artist.

Having first encountered the art in the 1880s during his time in the army, Macdonald set up his parlour at the Hamam Turkish Baths at 76 Jermyn Street in London in 1889.

For the next four years, it was the only place a chep (or a doughty gel) could get properly inked-up anywhere in Blighty.

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11 thoughts on “Old School Tatts

  1. The Old Boy

    If doughty gels were allowed into a Turkish bath on Jermyn Street in 1890, I’ll eat my top hat.

  2. Sheik Yahbouti

    Photo No. 3 is appealing. No, I have no tattoos, nor will I ever have one.

  3. Sheik Yahbouti

    As a footnote, I will say that I have visited a Hammam on more than one occasion. I tell you us Irish and Brits have no clue of hygiene – those lads will scrup three layers of skin off you before they are even remotely satisfied! :-D

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      It’s great
      Makes you feel like a kid again been given a good scrubbing and led around by the hand

  4. Sheik Yahbouti

    *scrub, rather than scrup, of course. An edit function would be a boon, gents.

  5. Bertie "the inexplicable pleasure" Blenkinsop

    I thought there’d be more “tattoos are great”, “tattoos are awful” chat to be honest.

      1. bertie "The Inexplicable Pleasure" blenkinsop

        To each their own.
        I don’t have any and I’m glad I never got one (my granddad had one and asked us all never to get one) but if other people like them that’s their own taste.

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