Prince Vallar was born Patrick Henson in Derry, Ireland in 1888.
His mother's name was Henrietta Rozine and his father name was Stephen Henson, a sewing machine mechanic and part-time magician who toured with Buffalo Bill and Houdini under the stage name 'Professor Stephen Vallar'.
When Prince Vallar opened his parlour at 404 Argyle Street, Glasgow in 1935 he would have been the only professional tattoo artist operating a shop in Scotland. This was a position that he would retain for many years.
Circus and travelling fairground tattoo artists would have plied their trade to those unable to make it to the City of Glasgow.
Prince Vallar opened his shop at 404 Argyle Street, Glasgow in 1935. The area was known as Anderson and its close proximity to the River Clyde, the dockyards and Glasgow's thriving shipbuilding yards made it an excellent location for a tattoo parlour.
Although the art of tattooing can be traced back to the beginning of time, modern electric tattooing was still in its infancy when Prince Vallar began his career.
In the late 1800's the art of tattooing was being practiced by very few professionals in the UK.