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The Washington times. (Washington [D.C.]) 1902-1939, January 25, 1920, FINAL EDITION, The American Weekly, Image 29

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? Permanent
Complexions
Tattooed with an
Electric Needle
and the New Fad
of Stencilled Arms
and Shoulders
How the Electric Needle Is Ueed to* Tattoo
.Permanent Pink Cheek?.
THE London representative of the*
Electrical Experimenter gives the
interesting details of a new method
of beautifying by electricity. By an elec
tric tattooing machine vari-colored pig
ments are pricked into the skin and, be
hold! you have pink cheeks which will not
rub off, nor wash out, nor fade.
And what is being done In London is
also being done in New York City hy a man
who specializes on the artistic use of the
electric tattooing needle. Laying aside his
electric Instrument and asking his patient
in the chair to rest for a few moments the
specialist said:
"There is nothing new in the news from
London. I am doing this permanent com
plexion work every day here in New York.
It Is a frivolous sort of thing,
but customers demand it. The
more serious work of covering up
facial blemishes, blotting out*
?cars, tattooing proper color on
bald spots and Imprinting imita
tion eyebrows?this line of work
is more important and worth
while. But the silly vanity of
mankind must also be gratified,
and so we make rosy cheeks
and ruby Upa when they are de
manded." /
"But doesn't It hurt, and isn't
there danger ot blood poison
ing?" the expert was asked.
"Not at all," was the ?positive
reply, "when the operation1 is
performed, as it always should
be, by an expert. You feel no
pain?only a queer prickly sen
sation such as you experience
when your foot's asleep, and
this quickly passes away. Care
ful sterilization ot the needle and
the use of pigments especially
selected for their non-poisonous
qualities prevents any possibil
ity of serious Irritation of tbe
skin or blood poisoning. In all
my thirty years of experience I
have never known a case in
which tattooing, properly done,
was followed by any trouble
some after effecta."
Formerly, as the expert ex
olalned, tattooing was a long,
difficult and often very painful
operation. But all this has been ?
changed by the invention of the
electric needle and the discov
ery of more suitable pigments.
"This wonderful little devio?,??
said he. holding up the needle
with whrch a few minutes be
fore he had been producing a
pair of rosehdd lips on the face
of his middle-aged woman pa
tient, "has revolutionized the
laiiooer's art. When the pricking had to
be done by hand It was Impossible to In
sure Just the right degree of penetration
or the skin. Either the needle was pushed
in too far, causing pain and perhaps dan
ger of blood poisoning, or It was not
pushed far enough to insure the perman
enee of the coloring matter.
"But this electric needle can be regu
lated with hair-breadth delicacy so tbst It
alii go Just so far Into the skin end no
farther The degree of p?n?tration neces
sary varies with the character of the skin
that is being treated. The fresh .delicate
skin of a schoolgirl, for example, does not
have to be pricked so deeply as the thick
er, tougher skin of an older woman.
"The saving of time Is another great ad
vrirttsg?? This new needle, operated by
electricity, punctures the skin at the tre
mendous rate of 6,000 f?mes a minute, and
each puncture is, as I have already ex
plained, of Just the proper depth. With
its aid the production of a pair of rosy
cheeks Is a matter of only an hour's time
?a half hour for each cheek?whereas for
merly It would have Involved spending
several days In tne operator's hands."
"What colors are within reach of the
woman who wants a new complexion or a
more youthful pair of ?Upe?" the tattooing
expert was asked.
"All the hues of the rainbow," he re
plied, with enthusiasm. "In the old days
of tattooing by hand only two colors were
available?a harsh, glaring red and an
equally unpleaasnt blue. But now we have
at our disposal nine different colors, all
harmless to human flesh and all fine
enough to grace an artist's palette. By
blending these nine primary shades we are
able to produce every hue known to mortal
eye."
Photograph Showing How the St?wcil
Artist Decorates Women for the Ball.
After the expert had put the flnlshlnt,
touches to his patient's rosebud lips and
sent her away delighted?looking, as she
said, "ten years younger"?he explained
In detail Just how the electric tattooing
needle Is used to enhance or restore
u omen's appearance of youth and beauty.
The first step In any operation of this
kind, whether it be the simulation of a
pair of rosy cheeks, the duplication of an
eyebrow or the masking of a bald spot or
some ugly facial blemish is the choice of
the colors to be used I o produce the de
sired eff??ct. Thl?. Is of the utmost Import
ance, for the ftnlest bit of wrong shading
will spoil all the most painstaking work
with th? needle. R?ch color employed
must he In perfect harmony with a
woman's natural rolorThg. and Ihey must
nil blend so well with one another and
with the colors around them that the point
where the tattooing needle Mops and the
K! 1S0O, Intr>rnatinnal Feature Servire. I????.
Photograph of Mrs. Herbert
Julian Carnduff, Wife of Lieu
'tenant Carnduff, Royal Navy,
and Only Sons of the Late
Honorable Sir Herbert and
Lady Carnduff. Mr?. Carn
duff I? Not on the Stage or a
Public Character, But She
Wore a Butterfly Painted on
Her Arm a? Shown in the
Above Photograph by
El win Neame.
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natural skin begins
will be visible only
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"In producing a pair
of rosy cheeks for a
woman whose nat
ural coloring is at all
unusual." said this authority. "1 often use
as many as a score of different shades of
red. Only hy combining all these with the
greatest skill can I succeed In rivalling the
marvellous rosy tints which Nature her
self imparts to the skin."
Pays and weeks are often spent In de
ciding what colors to use and In getting
tl-em properly mixed. The actual applica
tion of them to the skin Is the smallest
part of the task. When at last the color
scheme has been worked out the colors,
which are aibout the consistency of water
colors, are arranged on a palette such as
artists use.
The patient Is placed In an operating
chair or on a table, according to what por
tion of the body la to undergo treatment.
The area of skin to which the needle Is to
be applied Is thoroughly sponged with a
mild antiseptic solution. Then with a pen
cil the operator carefully outlines the spot
whose appearance Is to be changed by
forcing new pigments Into the skin.
Oraat Britain Rlgfcte R???!"??*
Photograph by Malcom
Arbuthnot of Miss Peggy
Greenough Exactly as She
Appeared at the Rtsc-ent
Victory Ball in London
with a Black Cat Stencilled
on Her Shoulder Blade.
Now sil Is ready for
the application of the
colors. These are put
on with little camel's
hair brush??-- In pro
aucing rosy cheeks, of
course, the most bril
liant colors go In the
centre. And In this case
the colors soften by the
most delicate grada
tions as they approach
the outer edges so that
the point where the un
treated skin begins will
be hardly perceptible*.
The needle Is careful
ly sterilized and the
electric current that
operates it turned on.
With lightning-like ra
pidity its sharp point is
driven into the skin the
exact? distance which
the operator by pre
vious experiment has
found to be necessary.
With each puncture the
needle point carries
some of the coloring matter beneath tho
surface of the skin, where it will romain
forever, giving the flesh an entirely new
aspect, unless a second operation is some
time undergone for Its removal.
"What things are most in demand by
the women who seek your services?" this
New York expert with the tattooing needle
was asked.
"Rosy cheeks," he replied without an
instant's hesitation. "There seems to be
nothing modern women covet more than
those indescribable peaches-and cream
tints which we associate with lit a It by.
vigorous youth.
"American women are extremely intel
ligent and they are quick to see how far
superior the bloom produced by the skil
ful use of the tattooing needle is to that
produced by rouge.y Not one woman in a
thousand knows how to apply rouge so as
to produce an artistic and llfe-Hke effect.
And even If eh* does she faces the neces
sity of going through the task at least
once every day unless she wishes to en
dure the fin inn 1.1 ????in. ??? of 'looking like
a ghost '
"Once the tattooing needle has done it?
work there is an end to worry over look
ing pale. It Imparts to the Kkln a glow
which only tha expert can detect from
that which nature gives, ?nd It will per
slst as long as a woman lives. In both
durahtiltv ?nd the aatonlshing way In
Diagram of Elec
tric Tattooing
Machin? Showing
(A) Tab? Con
*>*?"t vt-ir*? a.?-^
**f (?) Needle, (C)
Vibrator, (O) Adjustment Screw, (E)
Swiub, (F) Binding Post?, (G) Magnet?,
(H) Spring with Platinum Con
necting Points.
?
which It rivals the skin's natural tints it
is far to be preferred to, rouge.
"It used to be thought that the marks
left by tattooing were indelible, but
this is no longer the case. Science hue
discovered a number of ways of removing
them without serious pain or inconven
ience. If a woman has the time and in
clination she may keep on experimenting
with new cheeks and lips, having one
shade after another tattooed on ber face
until she gets a pair to her liking."
Quite separate and distinct from the
production of rosy cheeks and rub ? lips,
by tattooing Is the present fad of Lrondnn
women for painting fanciful designa on
their tli'sb The extreme decolletoge of
the present gowns appears to have sug
gested a fine background for decoration,
and the malls are bringing over from Rug
land photographs of smart Laondon society
women who are appearing at balls and tins
opera with birds. Insects and animals
painted on their arma, shoulders a..."
'??. ?? These pictures are not tattooed?
they are painted, and can be washed off
If this new fashion were confined in
women of the stage it would attract little
attention, but women in private lite ap
pear to be taking it up. One of the inter
esting photographs printed on this page
shows no lees a person than the daughter
in-law of the late Sir Herbert and L<adv
Carnduff, who is the wife of an officer tn
the royal navy and who Is not In the pro
fessional world, adorned In this way.
In a light opera that waa very popular
twenty years or so ago there was a son?
which contained this line:
"You can beat a tattoo, but you cani
beat a tattooed man."
If half that Is said In favor of the newly
discovered use for the tattooing needle Is
true, we shall soon be able to aay that
for an appearance of youth and beauty
which will last as long as she live? you
can't beat a tatto?oed women!

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