Friday, 21 January 2011

Tattoos: Naff or Not?

There was a time when tattoos were much more fashionable in the higher socio-economic groups than they are now and there were tattoo artists in fashionable areas to cater to the demand. Jenny Lady Randolph Churchill had a snake around her waist and another tattoo around a wrist; King George V had a tattoo from his long naval trip as a youngster with his brother the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, and the Southern Belle turned British actress Cora Brown Potter (wife of 'Tuxedo' Brown Potter) had an interesting and telling tattoo, which I disclose (with a photographic plate) in Book II.

Above is a picture of John Julius Norwich (son of Duff and Diana Cooper) and his lovely first wife, Anne Clifford, showing that they have tattoos too.

So, depending how and where they are executed, tattoos are not necessarily naff.

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