* 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
* 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 skin 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.
*(Sailor/Pirate theme) series 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 is a mystery to me. I have a full set of 100 and
about 500 duplicates that have come my way, from various sources, but no one has
been able to tell me the name of the series and no one says they have seen a
wrapper. One suggestion is that it was a promotional series that was handed out
and did not come with gum or in a wrapper. None of mine have any evidence of gum,
unlike example from all other series."
*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
"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. I have only got 3 examples and a
wrapper. They must be the rarest of 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.