Jessie is considered the first professional British female tattooist, whose career spanned from the 1920s through the '60s. The Tattoo News offers some info on her start:
Before Jessie Knight became Great Britain's first professional female
tattoo artist, she worked for her father in his sharp shooting circus
Her job being to stand before him
so that he could hit a target that was sometimes placed on her head or
on an area of her body. Which of course was fine until one night it all
went horribly wrong when he accidentally shot Jessie in the shoulder.
And it was this that prompted Jessie, who
was born in Cardiff, to give up show business and leave her father's act
to concentrate on becoming a tattoo artist. But instead of learning the
art from her father (who was also a tattooist in his day), she went to
work at Charlie Bell's in Chatham, Kent, England.
It was in and around the year 1936 that
saw her move on and set up her own tattoo shop in Aldershot,
Hampshire, England. Later to move into the back of an amusement arcade
in the army garrison town, tattooing there throughout the Second World