Joe and Mabel Darpel

Joe and Mabel Darpel: Bert Grimm tattooed Joe Darpel from head to toe and then Joe then took his Bert Grimm body suit on the road and worked as an attraction and tattoo artist for such outfits as the Greater Alamo Show in 1921 and the Wortham Show from 1925 through 1926. Joe met his wife Mabel, who was a knife-thrower in the show business world. By 1927 they were teamed up and tattooing together. Over the years they worked in Kansas and Texas. Many flash sheets created by the Darpels have survived and are prized by collectors worldwide.