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DANDY GUM TATTOOS - INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS.

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Dandy Gum Tattoos.

 

A checklist of Dandy Gum Tattoos. Made in Denmark. Their titles, format, series letter, number in the set and approximate issue date.

 

 

CAN ANYONE CONTRIBUTE FURTHER INFORMATION TO THIS LIST? PLEASE EMAIL uuu890 @ hotmail.com

DANDY GUM TATTOOS - LIST OF ALL KNOWN SERIES.


ON WRAPPER SERIES (55mm x 95mm) :

TOMAHAWK ON WRAPPER 1-COLOURED (mauve...purple). 
SET OF: < 50? - 5 known. PRINTED: Pre?- 1956-1957 ?

PIRATE BUBBLE GUM ON WRAPPER 1-COLOURED ? (mauve...purple).
SET OF: <50? - 0 known (mentioned as DAN-330 in reference book) Pre 1956-1957 ?

SAILOR'S TATTOO : 3-COLOURED TATTOOS ON WRAPPERS
SET OF: 48. PRINTED: >? 1956-1957 ?

WITCH DOCTORs TATTOO : 3-COLOURED TATTOOS ON WRAPPERS
SET OF: 50? - (same number as golden-era WITCH DOCTORs set ?) 35 known. PRINTED: >1957 ?

GOLDEN-ERA SERIES (45mm x 70mm) :

BUBBLE GUM with TRANSFER PICTURES : 3-COLOURED TATTOO.
Mauve (Purple) printing details: "Designs:Copyright by Tatoo-Ole, Copenhagen Printed in Denmark"
SET OF: 40 or 50? 5 known. PRINTED: 1960's ?

BUBBLE GUM with TRANSFER PICTURES : 3-COLOURED TATTOO.
Green printing details: "Designs:Copyright by Tattoo-Ole, Copenhagen Printed in Denmark"
SET OF: 40 or 50? 40 or 41 known. PRINTED: 1960's ?

WITCH DOCTORs TATTOO 3-COLOURED TATTOO
Mauve (Purple) printing details: "PRINTED IN DENMARK"
SET OF: 50. PRINTED: 1960's ?

PIRATE TATTOO : 3-COLOURED TATTOO
Green printing details: "PRINTED IN DENMARK"
SET OF: 40 ? 28 known. PRINTED 1965?

WIGWAM TATTOO 3-COLOURED TATTOO
Green printing details: "PRINTED IN DENMARK"
SET OF: 50? 48 Known. PRINTED: 1960's?

HIPPY HAPPY TATTOOS
SERIES LETTER: A
SET OF: 80. PRINTED: Late 1960's ?
 
DISNEY TATTOOS
SERIES LETTER: D
SET OF: 60. PRINTED: Late 1960's - Early 1970's ?
 
NAVY TATTOOS 3-coloured (with skull & bones designs for numbers 14,82, 83,86,89,91,92,94,96,97,98)
SERIES LETTER: N
SET OF: 100. PRINTED: Early 1970's ?

NAVY TATTOOS  (Denmark only? issue, with skull & bones designs for numbers 14,82, 83,86,89,91,92,94,96,97,98)
SERIES LETTER: N
SET OF: 100. PRINTED: Early 1970's ?
 
NAVY TATTOOS
SERIES LETTER: N
SET OF: 100. PRINTED: Early 1970's ?

SKIPPER TATTOOS
SERIES LETTER: T
SET OF: 100. PRINTED: Early 1970's ?

Barratt Pirate tattoos
Series of Sailor/Pirate designs taken from Navy and Skipper series( + 2 skull & bones).
Made in Denmark, no doubt by Dandy. For Barratt in England.
SERIES LETTER: B
SET OF: 100. PRINTED: Early 1970's?
 
SAILOR TATTOOS 
SERIES LETTER: S
SET OF: 100 PRINTED: Early 1970's
 
CAPTAIN TATTOOS
SERIES LETTER: C
SET OF: 100 PRINTED: Mid 1980's

DANDY "CAPTAIN" TATTOO - known as "TATTOO OLE"
"DANDY CAPTAIN TATTOO" (on counter box), "DANDY TATTOO" (on wrapper), know as "TATTOO OLE"
Printing details: " C (Copyright) TATTOO - OLE, Copenhagen" "PRINTED IN DENMARK IMPRIME AU DANEMARK"
SERIES LETTER: A
SET OF: 100 PRINTED: Late 1980's
 
DANDY WESTERN TATTOOS
SERIES LETTER: W
SET OF: 100. PRINTED: Early 1990's ?

COLOURED BODY TRANSFERS AND TRANSFERS SERIES (Various sizes) :

TATTOOZE TRANSFER BUBBLE GUM
Coloured body transfers of funny animal characters. 
SET OF: 59 PRINTED: Early 1970's ?

ACTION TRANSFERS
SET OF: ? PRINTED: 1974

BUBBLE GUM tattoos
Fold-out body transfers. 2 per sheet. Coloured children's pictures.
SET OF: 26 known. PRINTED:Early 1980's ?

TATTOO BUBBLE GUM - Coloured body transfers
SET OF: 13 known. PRINTED: 1980's

Bubble gum TATTOOS - Coloured body transfers
SET OF: 50. PRINTED: Early 1990's

DANDY SAILOR TATTOOS - Coloured body transfers
SET OF: 50? PRINTED: Early 1990's

BIRDS - Transfers
SET OF: 50. PRINTED: 1958

PREHISTORIC ANIMALS - Transfers
SET OF: 25. PRINTED: 1960

(Further information welcome - email: uuu890 @ hotmail.com )

* Early series were a wrapper that folded in three, with one tattoo on the reverse of the wrapper. They came with a piece of pink gum wrapped in a wax parcel. Most of these tattoos have a small tear where the wrapper was sealed with glue.

* The next series to come along were the classic rectangle size, with "3-coloured" designs, where you could see the colours of the design on the white background, before the tattoo was used.

*Then came the style that was used for the majority of the series during the GOLDEN-ERA of Dandy Gum Tattoos. A white back ground with a black-looking design that revealed it's colours once it was transfered on to the skin.

*Later series and a couple in between were full-coloured body transfers, which I have included in this list.

*Many series have a Sailor theme. Tattoos that might be worn by a Sailor or a Pirate. These series have many tattoo designs repeated across the various series. Just the number and letter (N, T, S, B, C etc.) have been changed. Some designs are refined from earlier wrapper style and 3-coloured tattoos. There are normally a few new designs in each series, which make collecting worthwhile.

*In most series there are definately "key" tattoos, that are harder to find than others. For a series of 100 there seems to be about 80 that turn up as easily as each other. Then about 15 that appear about 1 for every 5 of the majority. Then about 5 or less that seem to turn about 1 for every 30 of the majority.

*PIRATE - B 100 1980's - is exclusively repeats, they are taken from Navy (N) and Sailor (T) (Most in the actual order they appear in from the N and T series) Series B was (no doubt) made by Dandy in Denmark, but for Barratt in England - if you have any further information, please feel free to contact me through ebay. Ebay User "uuui"

*NAVY TATTOOS  (Denmark ? issue, with different designs for number's 14,82,83,86,89,91,92,94,96,97,98) N 100 1970's - Has 11 Skull and Cross-bones themed tattoo designs substituted for the designs released outside of Denmark. This makes those numbers particularly hard to find. Many seem to be key numbers anyway, but having 90 designs that are all the same in both series and 11 that vary between two designs, makes them harder to find. I would guess that the designs were substituted, because skull and crossbones is a much darker theme for children to collect.

*"Dandy Tattoo" often called "Tattoo Ole" A 100 mid 1980's - This is a whole new set of 100 designs with a variety of themes. The artwork is more detailed than previous series. "Tattoo Ole" could be the name of the design studio for the tattoos, although I read once that "Tattoo Ole" means they were illustrated by (Mr.) Ole...who possibly designed many of the earlier tattoos. So this series could have been a special commission and an attempt at bringing back the popularity of the tattoos from the GOLDEN- ERA. This series suffered badly in my opinion from having too many "key" designs. I bought about 2 boxes in the mid 80's and have since picked up a few hundred more tattoos from ebay, yet I have not been able to put together a full set. I did buy one full set from a collector in Denmark, so he somehow put one together. I know of at least 3 keen collectors, who have been collecting longer and have better resources than me, who as far as I know are all still sitting on about 80 out of 100.

*"Western Tattoos". W 100 early 1990's - This was the last attempt I know of by Dandy to make their classic style of tattoo...and were perhaps not even commercially released. I have only a handful of examples and a wrapper...all sourced from a special contact in Denmark. They must be the rarest of Dandy tattoos. Yet from what I can tell, it was 100 new designs in a Western/Cowboy theme. They appear to be very simple illustrations. I really hope to get a full set of these one day.

 
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