The Pharaoh´s Horses Tattoo Flash was a classic under the oldtimer of all Tattoos in the beginning of the 20th century. We will start our journey with this specific tattoo design to explore the world of classic tattooflash showing you traditional designs from America and Europe as well as designs from the far east and how they ended up in Japan.
The original painting by J.F. Herring shows three head studies of horses. What many people don’t know is that it shows different perspectives of the same grey Arabian stallion: Imaum. The horse was originally owned by Queen Victoria and was used as a model for many of Herring´s paintings including ‘Pharaoh’s Horses’. This image is well known and loved and found its way into many homes across the country. The three charging steeds of Pharaoh’s Horses have endured since the 19th century; it seems to be blessed with a longevity that shows no sign of diminishing anytime soon.
Backpiece and Tattoosupply
Images such as these came to tattooing from the larger religious art world. Probably a customer brought them into a tattoo shop, or a tattooist seeing them drew them up as tattoo designs. The first dated tattoo was a backpiece by Gus Wagner (1872-1941). The Tattoo was reversed compared to the original painting and framed by flowers with an eagle on the top. The Pharaoh´s Horses Tattoo Flash was mostly used as a back or frontpiece. By the 1920´s it was used together with other classics such as “Rock of ages”, by tattoo supply catalogues as well. Probably Percy Waters had the biggest impact by using the Pharaoh´s Horses Tattoo Flash on the cover of his “How-to-Tattoo” booklet.
You want to know more about the connection to the Bible and Exodus 15:19? We would love to chat with you at Good Old Times Tattoo Berlin. We will also be very happy if you let us know which classic you want to explore and get featured more.
Have a look at the tattoo above done by Sebastian and see you soon for more tattoo history & coffee.
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