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487: Maud Wagner

The First Female Tattoo Artist in the United States

Born: 12 February 1877, Lyon County, Kansas, United States of America

Died: 30 January 1961, Lawton, Oklahoma, United States of America

Maud was a circus performer who did aerial tricks and a contortionist act.

She and her husband were both tattoo artists and so was their daughter (however, Maud refused to allow their daughter to actually get any, becoming one of the few artists to never have tattoos). They specialized in the hand poke style even though tattoo machines were readily available.

Her husband Gus was already known as the most tattooed man alive at the time they met, and after, Maud quickly became known as the most tattooed woman.

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Sources:

https://www.tattoolife.com/meet-maud-wagner/

https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-graves-of-maud-and-gus-wagner

https://www.thevintagenews.com/2017/05/05/maud-wagner-known-as-the-inked-woman-was-the-first-female-tattoo-artist-in-america/

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/144009612/maud-wagner