Changes in tattoo business noted due to Navy regulation in February 1943.

  • By Dave Wilma
  • Posted 1/03/2001
  • Essay 2919
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In February 1943, operators of tattoo parlors in Seattle note that patriotic designs are the most popular form of body art among the many servicemen now visiting the city. Since the U.S. Navy has recently barred depictions of unclad figures, there is a brisk business in drawing clothing onto nude figures previously tattooed on the bodies of military personnel.

Sources: James R. Warren, The War Years: A Chronicle of Washington State in World War II (Seattle: History Ink, 2000), 45.

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