Betty Broadbent was born in 1909 and during her childhood she was rather innocent. At the age of fourteen she was employed as a nanny in Atlantic City, New Jersey and took to wandering the boardwalk. It was there that she had a chance encounter with tattooist Jack Red Cloud and fell in love with the art form that would forevermore shape her life and future. By 1927 Betty was well on her way to completing a tattoo body suit. Over 350 designs adorned her pinup model-like body.
'A new exhibit at the Musée du Quai Branly is paying homage to the world's past and present obsession with tattoos, in the aptly titled show "Tatoueurs Tatoues." Presenting over 300 contemporary and historical works of body art, the exhibition is a rich trek through the emergence, growth and commercialization of the tattoo. From photographs to silicone "body extracts" to body suits, the works on display reveal the intricate aesthetic and specialized skill that's long gone into tattooing.'