Vintage ink: By the end of the Twenties, American circuses employed more than 300 people with full-body tattoos who could earn as much as 200 per week - circus performer Betty Broadband pictured in 1947 in Manhattan
From 1926 in the Bronx, to the Thirties in England and 1946 in Japan, women have long been adorning their entire bodies in ink, proving tattoos are far from a new cultural phenomenon.
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Body art: A woman with a tattooed body suit in 1931
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