Artoria Gibbons: Tattooed Last Supper

Artoria Gibbons (1893-1985) was tattooed in the Los Angeles studio of her husband Charles "Red" Gibbons and first took the stage with the Kortes Shows in 1919. Her chest is adorned with a portrait of George Washington and her back features a beautifully rendered version of The Last Supper. 

Red Gibbons tattooed at several locations on Main Street in Los Angeles, all of which were a short distance from the Empire Studio (427 Main), where this photo postcard was produced. 


Artoria Gibbons, Tattooed Lady, Real Photo Postcard, by Empire, Los Angeles, CA,  ca. 1920. 

Derin Bray