By the time of this photo, taken around 1930 when he was almost 60 years old, he had done tattoos for wealthy and poor. One day for a king, the next for a sailor.
It was a lifelong passion that started in his early teens, when he began tattooing classmates. For this he was expelled. But while that experience ended his schooling, it was the beginning for his love of the art.
This is British tattoo artist George Burchett, also known to the world as the “King of Tattooists”.
Source of colorized photo: www.danarkeller.com