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Over Easter in 2013, Jirina and I flew to over to Stockholm for an extended weekend of vintage shenanigans. I wanted to share these gorgeous tattoo designs that date back to the 1920s and 1930s and originate from Denmark. They are the courtesy of Sjöhistoriska museet in Stockholm.

I first saw these designs pop up on my Instagram feed a few months back – and immediately fell in love! Most notably, with the finger waved babe holding the globe. Also, who could resist a badass raven haired dame with a booty, riding a chameleon? I sure can’t. So I knew that I couldn’t miss this “Faith, Hope and Love” exhibition of vintage sailor tattoos at Sjöhistoriska whilst we were in town. I have since decided that the lady with the globe will be my very first tattoo.

The “Faith, Hope and Love” exhibit is open until the end of 2014 so if you’re in Stockholm, it is definitely well worth a visit. All of the text is in Swedish, though, so you would probably get the most out of it with an English speaking guide. In fact, I’d love to see it again with a guided tour as apparently the exhibit features a gender aspect that we didn’t fully grasp because of our less-than-perfect Swedish skills. The images alone, however, are so fascinating! Have a peek right below.

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originally posted on April 6, 2013

 

4  Comments Posted On This Article
Sara Wood Comment posted on Thu - May 01, 2014

“Also, who could resist a badass raven haired dame with a booty, riding a chameleon? I sure can’t.” YEP. TOUCHE. So amazing, I think the rose robe & stockings girl is my fav. It’s the over the shoulder look, love. Thanks for sharing!
xo

 

May Comment posted on Thu - May 01, 2014

Interesting post! Must say I have never really thought about tattoos in the 1920s before. Have a lovely weekend!
May x
http://www.walkinginmay.com

 

Erin Cherry Comment posted on Thu - May 08, 2014

Oh goodness, these are divine! I’ve never wanted a tattoo before, but you just changed my mind completely in one blog post. That little kimono girl in number 4 is so darn lovely… very happy to have discovered your blog!

x

bunnyfir.blogspot.com

 

Riikka Pennanen Comment posted on Sun - Jul 20, 2014

Thank you for the lovely comments!

Erin, I’ve heard quite a few say that the kimono flapper girl is their favourite of these designs. If you ever decide to get it done, I would absolutely love to see the results! 🙂

 


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    My name is Riikka and I hail from Helsinki, Finland. I'm a film researcher and a freelance journalist, a sartorial devotee of vintage fashion and endlessly fascinated by early 20th century visual culture. I write about film, fashion, design, architecture - and all things old and pretty.

    Olen helsinkiläinen elokuvatutkija ja toimittaja, jonka intohimo on 1900-luvun alkupuolen visuaalinen kulttuuri. Blogi sivuaa kiinnostuksenkohteitani 1920- ja 1930-luvun elokuvista aina ajan muotiin ja designiin asti.



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