Tag Archives: History of Tattooing
Examples of some late 19th century tattoos (Wikimedia Commons)

Marked Men: The Tattoos of New York Irishmen, 1863

The enlistment records of many Irish recruits during the Civil War provide detail on age, height, hair/eye colour and complexion. Although informative, this data still leaves us without a picture of life experience, or any insight into character. One exception was those men who enlisted in the Union navy. The marks and scars they acquired […]

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