Maud Wagner

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Maud Wagner
Birth Date 1877
Birth Place Lyons County, Kansas
Death Date 30 January 1961
Occupation tattooed lady, tattoo artist
Website none

Maud Wagner (born Maud Stevens February 1877 in Lyons County, Kansas) was the first well known woman tattoo artist in the United States.


Maud was a circus aerialist and contortionist who learned to tattoo from her husband Gus Wagner. She received her very first tattoo from Gus when she met him in 1904 at the St Louis World's Fair. She married him October 3, 1904. Her daughter Lovetta Wagner became a well known female artist as well despite having no tattoos herself.

She died on January the 30th, 1961 in Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma.

Maud and Gus Wagner



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