The Graves of Maud and Gus Wagner in Cedar Point, Kansas

Like many interesting characters in the early 20th century, Maud Stevens and August "Gus" Wagner ran off to join the circus. Maud, originally an aerialist and contortionist, met Gus at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. At the time, Gus was heralded as the world’s most tattooed man. The two began dating, and Gus began teaching Maud the art of the hand poke tattoo.

And so, Maud Wagner became America's first known professional female tattoo artist, and the world’s most tattooed woman...

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