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Unknown - Captain Constantine, 1870

Prince or Captain Constantine was, according to legend, forcibly tattooed by Burmese or Chinese tattoo artists.  The tattoos “consisted of 388 symmetrically arranged and closely interwoven images that covered his entire body, including his face, eyelids, ears, and penis. The designs, according to his publicity, consisted of crowned sphinxes, dragons, serpents, monkeys, elephants, leopards, tigers, lions, panthers, gazelles, cats, crocodiles, lizards, eagles, storks, swans, peacocks, owls, fishes, salamanders, men and women, fruit, leaves, and flowers. Most of them were quite small but exceptionally exact in their detail.”


Can anyone tell me either A) the name of the tattoo artist who did this or B) a tattoo artist who uses a similar sketched/geometric style? I really love this tattoo, but all I can find online is a million reposted generic tattoo blogs with the picture on it. WHERE DID THIS COME FROM? I want to see more pieces like this, and I want to look into getting something in this style from someone in the New York area. Thanks!


We interviewed the queen of stick and poke, Jenna Bouma AKA Slowerblack. Find out the inspirations behind her magnetic designs and why she was always attracted to hand poking over machine – and the first tattoo she ever gave when she was a self-described “stubborn teenager.”

Read the article here:

Jenna Bouma AKA Slowerblack Is Changing Modern Hand Poked Tattoo Art