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The Classy Lassie with the Tattooed Chassis – Cindy Ray

Bev Robinson, best known as Cindy Ray, was one of the first tattooed pinup girls of Australia. She spent most of her life working as a respected tattoo artist.
In the early 1960s, photographs of a heavily tattooed woman from Australia called Cindy Ray started appearing. She was blonde and beautiful with tattoos on her arms, chest, back and legs and soon became known as “the classy lassie with the tattooed chassis”.
She was talked into getting tattooed at 19, and despite having no examples of tattooed people in her family and being a farm worker, she got 4 tattoos on the first night. She still doesn’t know how she was convinced that she could make money touring the country as a tattooed model, but she did and that made her what she is today.

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Photography: Les Skuse and The Bristol Tattoo Club

Les Skuse and unidentified club member - 1950's

Les Skuse 1912-1973

Les Skuse opened his first tattoo shop in the English port town of Bristol in 1928. He was awarded the title of Champion Tattoo Artist of all England in 1955 and founded the Bristol Tattoo Club. Les’s kids took over the shop in the 60’s and his grandson Jimmie still runs the shop in Bristol to this day – a real family business. These photos are primarily of BTC members in the early to late 50’s and also of Les’s daughter-law, Rusty Skuse – The Most Tattooed Women in England. Check out the Skuse family web site for more of these photos and a bit more history about Les.

The Lords Prayer

Les tattooing Pam Nash - 1950's

Bristol Tattoo Club member

Les's daughter-law Rusty Skuse - "The Most Tattooed Women in England"

Comparing Tattoos

Les and Pam Nash