Gus Wagner – Old School

by on Apr.28, 2009, under Tattoos-Body Art

by Susan on April 28, 2009

Gus WagnerGus Wagner was one of the tattoo pioneers dating back to 1904 when he worked his trade and appeared as a side show attraction at the St. Louis Worlds fair. For over 40 years he worked as a traveling sideshow artist. He was married to a circus aerialist and contortionist named Maude who he taught the tattoo trade. The trade was carried onto the daughter who earned a respectable reputation for her art although not having any tattoos herself. He was known as the “Globetrotting Tattoo Artist.'”  He died in 1941 he died after being struck by lightening.

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Plastic Yeti June 14, 2013 at 10:10 am

Great read! Sad though that numbing cream ads were the only comments…

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