Tattooist's Parlour, Colchester

Tattooist's Parlour, Colchester

Walter Bayes's roots as a member of the Camden Town Group are apparent here in his emphatically unidealised depiction of a humble Colchester tattooist's parlour and its customers. Getting a tattoo is often considered a rite of passage, and the fact that this tattooist's customers are all soldiers about to go off to war adds a darker significance to the scene. This is, in fact, one of the few Recording Britain pictures to make explicit reference to the war.