THE TYNESIDE TATTOOIST
Aa don't suppose yis aall realise it but d'ye knaa what Aa'm is?
Aa'm the only Tyneside Tattooist in captivity...
Aa'm the ace of my profession. It's a smaall one, Aa confess,
'Cos tattooin' is a most exclusive art.
Aa'm the Rembrandt o' the needle, see me adverts in the press,
Write for catalogue, post free, with coloured chart.
From the NAAFI club at Chatham, te the stews of Singapore,
Ye'll find plenty o' examples of my skill.
Aa've done Admirals, and Commodores and lower decks galore,
And of well-contented clients, Aa've had me fill.
Now, from the sweet and tender passions, ye'd imagine Aa'd be
But one winter's neet in 1954:
Aaa was closing me consultin' room, te gan an have me tea,
When blessed fate came knockin' at me door.
She was gorgeous, but enormous!... what a vision of delight!
At the sight of her, me poor heart skipped a beat.
She wanted iss te tattoo 'er, startin' off that very neet....
Every inch of her, from windpipe, doon te feet!
Just imagine Michaelangelo, The way he must o' stared
At that Sistine Chapel, Then ye'll realize
What a prospect Aa was faced with, all alone and unprepared,
My designs on a person of her size!
Sivven weeks Aa worked on Mabel, Aa did everythin' Aa knew;
Inte me reppetory Aa put me heart and soul.
Aa did anchors, true lovers' knots, lovin' hearts entwined,
Robins in the snow and Mispah on a scroll.
Aa did snakes, a bunch o' roses, a lobster on a plate,
Mr Chorchill, and a view of Beachy Heed.
Oh the acres o' that woman that Aa had te contemplate,
Why, Aa finished up each evenin' nigh half deed!
When Aa finished, she looked gorgeous, and Aa was all agog!
What a masterpiece of colour and design:
And thinkin' te use her as a human catalogue
Aa went on me knees and asked her... te be mine!
But she torned iss doon completely, it was brutal, it was harsh,
Or as Mr Shakespeare says... "Aye, what a rub!"
She got married three weeks later tiv a chap wiv a moustache,
And he exhibits her at Blackpool in a Club.
Still, Aa've got this satisfaction, though me wife she may not
She's a livin' testimonial te my fame.
'Cos the blokes that admire her, knaa the work was done by me,
'Cos Aa signed her... across her bottom.... WI' ME NAME!