“Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel” is showing at the Milwaukee Art Museum until October 13, 2013.
The young Scandinavian took up tattooing during his time on a merchant ship in the early 1900s, at the tender age of 14. By the end of his time on the high seas Diezel had acquired tattoos of his own from neck to foot, earning the nickname of the “tattooed man.” But after his ship suffered damage near Quebec, the artist took to land, showing off his painted body at carnivals and sideshows, until deciding to set up a small shop in Wisconsin’s largest city. Dietzel was a tattoo pioneer when he opened up his first parlor in 1913, and was quickly dubbed the “Master of Milwaukee.”
Amund Dietzel, Wells Street Shop, 1962
Girl and Snake, 1916
Battle Royale, 1916
United States Navy
Dragon, ca 1950s
Amund Dietzel, ca. 1915
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