Anonymous tattooed lady
Anna Gibbons in 1920
Anna Gibbons, a fram girl from Portage County, found fame, fortune, and an interesting life as "Artoria", one of the best-known tattooed ladies of her generation. Having made her choice to let her tattoo-artist husband (one of the most famous of America) decorate her body for financial considerations (though her various biographies tell other, more exciting stories), Anna spent the next fifty years of her life traveling the country with the Ringling Brothers, Hall and Christ Sideshow, and other famous circuses. Her story interwines with the history of the tattoo and sideshow, the evolution of personnal expression in America, and the new options and choices which women like Anna make available for the next generation.
Anna Mae Burlingston birth name
Birthday: July 16, 1893
Deathday: March 18, 1985 Tennessee
*For more about Artoria Gibbons, Amelia Klem, "A Life of Her Own"