The tattoo idea came when I was visiting my brother at his office. He works for Bitch Magazine and they had a library full of feminist literature. I found a book called The Brinkley Girls that contained the most amazing stories and illustrations from 1913 to 1940 by the nearly forgotten pioneer in women’s illustration, Nell Brinkley. After spending an while flipping through the pages, I returned the book to its shelf… daydreaming of the adventures of The Brinkley Girls. A few months later, the book showed up at my doorstep… a gift from my awesome brother. The one I decided to get tattooed on my arm is from a story called “The Adventures of Prudence Prim”. She boldly “disgraces” both her names by gallivanting in the sea in her “smartest bathing suit, with an astounding cap, a pair of dinky sandals and a jump-to-glory wrap”.
I was just paging through The Brinkley Girls last night, and her work still leaves me breathless. I never thought about a Brinkley Girl tattoo! (I’m still pretty keen on a Moomin tattoo, though)