Tattooed Man Sideshow Poster - Captain Costentenus Vintage Art Print - Antique Advertising Art - Tattoo Greek - Circus Ephemera

Tattooed Man Sideshow Poster - Captain Costentenus Vintage Art Print - Antique Advertising Art - Tattoo Greek - Circus Ephemera


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Tattooed Man Sideshow Poster - from $38

Behold this amazing 19th century advertising print for sideshow attraction Captain George Costentenus, "The Tattooed Greek" who claimed to have been captured and tattooed against his will in Chinese Tartary (an area stretching east from Tibet through Mongolia, to Manchuria) as punishment for rebellion against the King. According to legend, the torture was carried out for 3 hours each day, over a period of seven months. His two companions, captured and sentenced along side him, died during the process. He was set free, or some say escaped, with 388 distinct tattoos.

The Captain was covered with traditional Burmese tattooing featuring flowers, animals, and writing in striking blue and red inks made of indigo and cinnabar. He was the first man to display a full body tattoo with his face, scalp, genitals and finger webbing all tattooed. The only parts of his body left bare were his ears, nose, and the soles of his feet. Captain Costentenus exhibited himself under contract with PT Barnum in the United States, with the Great Farini at The Royal Aquarium in London (seen here), and the Folies Bergère in Paris. He is said to have retired wealthy, though with failing eyesight, to his estate in Greece.

Available in:
12" x 16"
16" x 20"
18" x 24"

☆ 1" thick square sided frames, black only
☆ 100% real wood framing
☆ Protective Acrylite "glass"
☆ Handmade in Los Angeles
☆ Shatter resistant
☆ Lightweight
☆ Optically pure

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❖ High resolution images printed at optimal size or below to preserve clarity. We won't blow up an image to sell you a more expensive size!

❖ Digitally restored to remove distracting blemishes, stamps, and damage while still preserving the foxing, wear, and creases that lend to the character of these historic images.

❖ Print size includes a 1-2 inch white margin for easy framing, with or without a mat.

❖ Printed on archival quality Epson Enhanced matte stock:
◆ 10.3 mil thick/192 GSM heavyweight

◆ Acid-free, museum quality

❖ Printed only with Epson UltraChrome HDR ink
◆ Natural high-density pigment colors

◆ Rated lightfast up to 200+ years

❖ Printed on Epson Stylus Pro 7900/9900 printers for giclée quality color and clarity.

❖ Protective hardboard kraft tubes virtually eliminate shipping damage
◆ Made from 70-100% post-consumer recycled content

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