565 Tattoos for the “Tattoo’d Lady”.

Betty Broadbent was known as the “tattoo’d lady”. At age 14 she met Jack Redcloud while working as a nanny in Atlantic City, he was covered in tattoos which she found fascinating. This led him to introduce her to tattoo the artist, Charlie Wagner. In 1927 Wagner and several other tattoo artists tattooed a bodysuit of over 565 on Broadbent.
Broadbent’s tattoo’s ranged from a tattoo of the Madonna and child, Charles Lindbergh on her right leg, Pancho Villa on her left. On her back stretched from one shoulder to another was an eagle.
Broadband exhibited her art with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, and also was a steer rider. She began a career as a tattoo artist herself, traveling to shops across the United States and Canada. She was considered the most photographed tattooed woman of the 20th century. In the 1930’s, she entered a beauty pageant in the World’s Fair, challenging traditional views on beauty early on.
She was the first person ever to be inducted into the Tattoo Hall of Fame.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ripley Trout
    Apr 08, 2014 @ 08:05:28

    Love to have been at the beauty pageant to see the reaction.



  2. Dagmar Tully
    Apr 10, 2014 @ 11:28:55

    I am sure that it was shock….Sally Rand was there one year and had Max Factor do body paint on her. I think one or both were arrested.



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