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Freak Show Poster : “Royal Aquarium – Captain Costentenus” (c. 1882-1886)

Archival Inkjet on Matte Finish Fine Art Paper

The Ibis’s giclée process uses archival pigment inks on 100% cotton rag paper to achieve crisp detail and rich, lasting color. Unlike posters, they will not yellow with time, but will maintain their original quality for as long as you own them. If you are unhappy with your print for any reason, you are welcome to return it for a full refund.

This promotional poster for London’s Royal Aquarium features Captain Costentenus, “tattooed from head to foot in Chinese Tartary, as punishment for engaging in rebellion against the king.” Costentenus was the first to display a full-body tattoo, encompassing his entire anatomy, save for the soles of his feet. He was likely the most heavily tattooed man of the 19th century.

Credit Line: Image by the Wellcome Library, London (CC BY 4.0).

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