1 Pioneering tattoo artist Prince Vallar is certainly one of Glasgow’s most intriguing characters from metropolis life between the 2 World Wars. Born Patrick Henson in Eire in 1888, the son of Stephen Henson, and Henrietta Rosine, he would later take the identify Vallar from his grandfather John.
2 Based on Terry Manton , who’s researching Prince Vallar’s story, by 1911 he was calling himself a ‘society tattooist’, reflecting a fashion for tattoos among the many higher courses. He visited his purchasers at house. To maintain up his enterprise, in September 1915 he visited Edinburgh and opened what would now be referred to as a ‘pop-up’ tattoo store on Leith Stroll.
3 On Could 27, 1912 on the age of 23, Prince Vallar left Glasgow for New York, with £100 (£8,000 in right this moment’s cash) in his pocket. Terry’s analysis reveals that by December, he was again and dealing at Glasgow Zoo, a favorite location for visiting tattooists since 1892.
4 In 1935, he arrange a tattoo parlour at 404 Argyle Avenue the place he catered for sailors and members of the working courses. In her guide, Billy, Pamela Stephenson reveals Billy Connolly used to face outdoors Prince Vallar’s studio admiring the human physique artwork, and eager for his personal tattoo, though he by no means went by way of with it. Newspapers reported in 1936 that “Prince Vallar… has accomplished his 50,000th topic” and that his longest tattoo had taken “36 hours, working in 4 hour shifts – a illustration of the Backyard of Eden on a person’s chest.”
5 Prince Vallar tattooed within the Argyle Avenue parlour for 12 years up till his dying in 1947 aged 59 years. Terry says: “He had developed a singular type of tattooing that was immediately recognised worldwide. His advantageous, single needle, sketch-like designs with easy colouring have been admired and copied by many. He had marked the pores and skin of 1000’s of sailors, troopers, service provider seamen and travellers from Russia to Hong Kong.”