Tattoo craze of 1908
Northern Daily Mail, Friday January 3 1908
The tattooing craze was the rage among the smart set at the time of the South African War – it is now the rage in the slums among the humbler classes, especially girls, who pay thruppence for the operation. A tattooer tells the reporter that this business thrives on love. A girl came into his studio the other day and had: “I love Jim Curly” tattooed on her arm. Around 5.30am the next morning the girl knocked at his door and on being remonstrated with said: “I don’t care if yer charges me five schillin’s, ere kiver this up,” she exclaimed baring her tattooed arm.