“Big Top”

Hardy states: “The crawling black panther is one of the most elegant traditional American tattoo designs. It was first adapted by Milwaukee artist Amund Dietzel from an illustration by Marie Schubert in a 1934 children’s book on world mythology. The form is perfectly suited to fit an arm, leg, or other body musculature. It reflects the dragon shapes found on millennia-old Chinese bronze and ceramic vessels. Here the scenario is unclear: the “Little Lulu” style schoolchildren are either being threatened or protected by King Kat”.