All about the ink: Tattooed women focus of Solano museum exhibit

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VALLEJO — Tattooed women are not a new phenomena.

A look around “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California History” will allow someone to travel in time from the past to the present at the Vallejo Museum’s exhibit.

Before Kat D. had a program on TLC, there was Maud Wagner, who lived from 1877 to 1961.

She was an aerialist and contortionist, working in traveling circuses. She met tattoo artist Gus Wagner in 1904 and exchanged a date with him for a lesson in tattooing. She served as her husband’s apprentice. The two traveled the country working as tattooed artists and tattooed attractions.

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