Jean Furella Carroll became a tattooed woman for love. Once a bearded lady in the circus, she met her future husband, but he would not become involved with her because of her beard. So she removed it and had her body covered in tattoos to stay in the business. Pic shows her in the 1930's and then again in the early 1960's. She passed away in December 1969. Source : The Vanishing Tattoo
Bobbie Libarry, 1976, photographed by Imogen Cunningham. Libarry was an attraction turned tattooist in San Francisco. The ninety-three-year-old Cunningham, who photographed the eighty-three-year-old Libarry in a hospital, thought this was one of her best portraits. It was also one of her last, taken just months before she died. Photograph courtesy of Imogen Cunningham Trust.
Slide Show: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo
Next Time Someone Questions Your Tattoo, Just Show Them This. Amazing.