Amazing Historical Tattoo Photos From Taschen’s 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘1000 Tattoos’

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In the 25th anniversary edition of Taschen’s 1000 Tattoos, art historian Burkhard Riemschneider and Amsterdam-based tattoo-world legend Henk Schiffmacher (who also runs the Amsterdam Tattoo Museum) explore the history, lives, and stories behind tattoos. It’s a grand tour through what tattoos have meant to us through the ages, from tribal body art to bikers and circus ladies. Here are some of our favorite photos from the book of tattoo history.

Image credit: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

Maori, New Zealand, about 1900

Image credit: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

Edith Burchett, London, Great Britain, about 1920

Image credit: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

Ron Ackers at Work, Bristol, Great Britain, 1950s

Image credit: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

Cindy Ray in her Studio, Ivanhoe, Australia, 1960s

Image credit: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

Horiwaka, Tokyo

Image credit: The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum, Amsterdam

Dave Lum, Salem, Oregon, USA