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April 1960: Tattooist Les Skuse at work on champion tattoo lady Pam Nash who has a large Japanese scene across her back. (Photo by John Pratt/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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Jonathan Stone for Art-Sheep

Photos of beautiful tattooed women is one of the most googled and shared topic on the Internet.

Although we are used to seeing girls with beautiful, striking tattoos, tattoos have been an extremely popular trend only for a few decades now. Or isn’t it so? Since the late 19th century, tattoos may not have been that popular, but they were a thing for show-women and bold, progressive ladies.

Check out some badass ladies of the Western world -from artists to ordinary women, who used to walk around with tattoos on their bodies, long before it was cool.

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