Hold the date… the Tattooed Lady: A History

January 31 at 5:00 pm, Magers & Quinn Booksellers

January 31 at 5:00 pm, Magers & Quinn Booksellers

Today, almost a quarter of Americans now have tattoos.  Yet there was a time — not very long ago at all — when tattoos were not at all acceptable in mainstream society.  To be tattooed was to be an outcast and a freak.  Many women found freedom in their decorations, traveling the country, performing nearly nude on carnival stages, making a living as “The Tattooed Lady”.

The first book of its kind, The Tattooed Lady: A History uncovers the true stories behind these tattooed women of the circus sideshow, bringing them out of the sideshow and examining their working-class lives.  These gutsy women spun amazing tall tales about abductions and forced tattooing at the hands of savages, but shared little of their real lives, and though they spawned a cultural acceptance of tattooing that we still see today, they have largely faded into history.  Combining thorough research with more than a hundred historical photos, this lushly illustrated social history reveals tattoo origins, women’s history and circus lore.  The Tattooed Lady uncovers the remarkable women of the sideshow — many of whom were born and live in the midwest.

Amelia Klem Osterud is a tattooed academic librarian from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  She has a Masters in history from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and writes and lectures on the subject. The Tattooed Lady is her first book. Visit her blog here.

Amelia Klem Osterud reads from the Tattooed Lady: A History on Sunday, January 31 at 5:00 pm, Magers and Quinn Booksellers, Uptown Minneapolis.


Check this out…

Need some mid-week entertainment?  Then get a cuppa Joe, have a seat and click here … ‘cause this will keep you laughing, gasping and guffawing for hours.

Yes, here you’ll see the good, the bad and the ugly… only all of it leaves you wondering,  “really?… Really?… seriously.  REALLY??”  Some of this is the most heinous quality tattoo work you’ll ever see… and some of it is good quality work combined with stunningly unexpected design concepts.  Check it out.  You’ll see.