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The Tattooed Lady: Book Review


Music + whiskey + tattoos= me

Some of you may remember a post from a while back where I mention Amelia Klem Osterud's book, The Tattooed Lady. I was lucky enough to receive a copy and have had a hard time putting it down. In fact, I am a naturally slow reader, but it has taken me about four times as long to get through this gorgeous work because the pictures are fascinating to look at.

A book like this could have very easily been dry - simply relying on the images to move the reader along. Osterud does a great job of pairing imagery with words and takes the reader through the history of tattooed ladies (and the men behind them).

These are the Rosie the Riveters that I connect with and it's great to have their stories documented. Osterud will be signing copies of her book at Quimby's in Wicker Park, Friday, Feb. 19th, 7pm, (1854 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL) - I know a few of you will be in attendance along with me. Pick up a copy of the book for someone you love (or for yourself because hopefully you love yourself too). The photographs are great for the coffee table and the history (like how Winston Churchill's mother was herself tattooed) will give you great tidbits to be the life of any party.

Osterud was recently on a Ripley Radio (P)Oddcast - if you're interested in a good listen. 



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Joe the Cop said:


We got a copy of that book after reading your post about it a few weeks ago. It's entertaining reading, and a nice addition to our daughter's collection of books on sideshows, carnivals and freaks.

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