Meet Stella Gassman

Very little is known about this beautiful tattooed lady lived between the XIX and the XX century. For instance, we don’t know how she met her husband, Deafy. He was a tattoo artist bewitched by the young lady so much that he chose her as his muse and canvas.

Stella soon became full-covered with tattoos and so she became to work as a Tattooed Lady attraction around the United States. She was very popular in the late 1920s.

Also, she learned how to tattoo, which increased her fame. Deafy and Stella had two tattoo shops in Philadelphia and on the Bowery in New York City. Their story spread all over the Country so that they became a very sought-after duo.
Stella kept on working in many shows during the years and she did several collaborations, too, in the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus, in the Hubert’s Museum (42nd Street, NY) and in the Harry Lewiston travelling Museum.