Augustus “Gus” Wagner (American, 1872-1941), Pages from “Souvenirs of the Travels and Experiences
of the Original Gus Wagner Globe Trotter & Tattoo Artist” scrapbook, ca. 1897-1941. Leather, paper,
photographic print, ink, thread. The Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection.
The Original Gus Wagner: The Maritime Roots of Modern Tattoo explores Augustus "Gus" Wagner's (American, 1872-1941) early life as a merchant mariner and tattoo artist who traveled the world, from 1898-1902, and his return to the United States as a professional tattooist and tattooed man.
See more at: Exhibition at South Street Seaport Museum