Tattooing to Perfection

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Judith Lukas & Nicholas York

The fascinating illustrated story of the life and tattoo art of John Thompson Clark, who was likely the first professional tattoo artist in South Africa in the early 1900s.  Born in England, he was known professionally as Professor Clark. His tattooed wife  Bertha worked under the name of Princess Beatrice. Clark was a friend and business colleague of George Burchett, the famous London tattoo artist.  This book showcases one of the most complete collections from an early 1900s tattoo artist.  Clark was not as well known as some of his contemporaries because he worked primarily in South Africa but now he can claim his rightful spot in tattoo history.


Published in 2021 by Emgate Press
8½ x 11, Hardcover
232 pages