Ripping yarns, beautiful lies and a few home truths.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Olive Oatman, 1858. She was the first tattooed white woman in the U.S.
After her family was killed by Yavapais Indians, on a trip West in the
eighteen-fifties, she was adopted and raised by Mohave Indians, who gave
her a traditional tribal tattoo. When she was ransomed back, at age
nineteen, she became a celebrity. Photograph courtesy of the Arizona
Historical Society, Tucson, 1927.
Maud Wagner, the first known female tattooist in the U.S., 1911. In
1907, she traded a date with her husband-to-be for tattoo lessons. Their
daughter, Lotteva Wagner, was also a tattooist. Photograph courtesy of
From the book “Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo,” by Margot Mifflin, published by PowerHouse Books.