Japan's rebel: The government outlawed tattoos in 1870 as it entered a new era of international relationships, so tattooists went underground, where the art flourished in the Forties as an expression of the wearer's inner beliefs

The original painted ladies: Vintage photographs reveal incredible head-to-toe tattoos on women in the Twenties, Thirties and Forties

Japan's rebel: The government outlawed tattoos in 1870 as it entered a new era of international relationships, so tattooists went underground, where the art flourished in the Forties as an expression of the wearer's inner beliefs

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