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Tattoo Parlor

A work made of gelatin silver print.
© Robert Frank

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  • A work made of gelatin silver print.




Robert Frank
American, born Switzerland, 1924–2019

About this artwork

Widely known as the cover image of the Rolling Stones’1972 album Exile on Main Street, this photograph was likely made not at a tattoo parlor but at Hubert’s Museum and Flea Circus, a popular dime museum near New York City’s Times Square. The central picture in the third row from the top depicts Hezekiah Trambles (or “Congo the Jungle Creep”) and was taken at Hubert’s by another famed photographer, Diane Arbus. The cover art for Exile also included photographs Frank had made on his travels for the celebrated photobook The Americans (1958), paired with shots of the band’s musicians in downtown Los Angeles in 1972. The Stones later enlisted Frank to film their American tour in support of Exile, resulting in the candid but controversial documentary Cocksucker Blues (1972).


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Robert Frank


Tattoo Parlor


United States (Artist's nationality:)

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Gelatin silver print


Image: 34.9 × 26.1 cm (13 3/4 × 10 5/16 in.); Support: 35.5 × 27.7 cm (14 × 10 15/16 in.)

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Gift of Robert Frank

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© Robert Frank

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