The result of this cooperation was published in 1958 with the title “Memoirs of a Tattooist”. A book with a lot of information, observations and experiences during a half century as a Tattooist.

During the 19. century, tattooing found its prosperity in England more than anywhere else in Europe.

One of the main reasons was that the British Navy sailors had a tradition of getting tattoos. This tradition went back to the first journey of Captain Cook in 1769.

In the following centuries a lot of British seamen came back home with exotic tattoos as a souvenir of adventures and travels.

Some of the seamen learned this art and around the middle of the century almost every British harbour had an professional tattooist.

The tattooing got a touch of royality when 1862 the Prince of Wales visited the holy country and let the Cross of Jerusalem be tattooed on his arm.

In further life as King Edward some tattoos followed.

When his sons, the Duke of Clarence and the Duke of York (later King George V) visited Japan in 1882, King Edward told them to go to the famous Master Hori Chiyo where they had dragons tattooed on their arms.

On their way home, both Dukes visited Jerusalem and were tattooed by the same man who tattooed their father 20 years before.

Following the good example of the Dukes, a lot of wealthy British people and Navy officers had tattoos done by Japanese tattooists.