Tattoos PIX Magazine in 1937-38 Through Amazing Photos

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Initially a weekly publication Pix magazine came out every Wednesday and was an immediate success. Its first edition was published on 29 January 1938, and publication continued until the magazine was merged with the Australian People magazine in 1972.

Tattoos Pix magazine in 1937-38

Pix was notable for its irreverent content, its focus on Australian lifestyle and popular culture, and for the inclusion of pin-up style photographs of Australian women.

In addition to providing a distraction for Australian servicemen during the Second World War, the Pix magazine pin-up is thought to have played a role in the construction of the ideal of the Australian “beach girl” as a representation of Australian womanhood.

These amazing photographs from the State Library of New South Wales of Fred Harris working in his studio and Betty Broadbent the ‘Tattooed Venus’ were taken in late 1937 and early 1938.

Tattoo designs, Fred Harris Tattoo Studio, Sydney, 17 December 1937

Instruments, Fred Harris Tattoo Studio, Sydney, 17 December 1937

Betty Broadbent, the ‘Tattooed Venus’, Sydney, 4 April 1938

Fred Harris Tattoo Studio, Sydney, 17 December 1937

Hammer and sickle, Fred Harris Tattoo Studio, Sydney, 17 December 1937

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