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.
originally posted on April 6, 2013