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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.