Jacobus Peters Van Dyn

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Jacobus Peters Van Dyn (*1896 in Südafrika; † 1980) war ein südafrikanischer Schauspieler.


Jacobus Peters van Dyn wurde von einem Gericht unter dem Vorsitz von Sir en:Ernest Wild (politician), dem en:Recorder of London, wegen Körperverletzung zu sieben Jahren Haft verurteilt. Im Gefängnis unterzeichnete er zunächst einen Antrag beim Court of Criminal Appeal und später eine Mitteilung über die Einstellung seines Berufungsantrags. Nachdem er ungefähr sechs Monate seiner Haftstrafe verbüßt hatte, wurde er vom Innenminister freigelassen, der Rest seiner Haftstrafe am 13. Februar 1932 zur Bewährung ausgesetzt.[1]

JP van Dyn wurde im März 1936 von de:George Burchett tätoviert. Burchette berichtete, van Dyn habe damit geprahlt, dass er in jeder namhaften Justizvollzugsanstalt der Welt gewesen sei.[2] Er soll einen großen Teil seines Lebens als de:Stauer an den Southampton Docks gearbeitet haben.

Vor 1936 soll er von Al Capone beschäftigt worden sein.[3] Eine Fotografie die auf 1936 datiert wird, zeigt ihn bereits mit einem mit bunten, floralen Motiven tätovierten Gesicht, als er einen Westling-Partner auf den Schultern stämmt. Vor einer Gruppe von fünf in Anzügen und Krawaten gekleideten Männern. [4]

In den 1960er Jahren hielt er Reden am de:Speakers’ Corner im de:Hyde Park.

„Well now, ladies and gentlemen, when a man's in the park, the first thing he's gotta do is get an audience ... and to get an audience in Hyde Park, you gotta use psychology. And, when you  use psychology, you gotta apologize to the people in front of you because you don't want to give them a scare. Now what what I'm gooa do ... it's gonna make my voice a little bad, but I'm forced to do it ... is to give yell, and I'm gonna try and do it. Now I want you to see for yourselves what psychology does. Just come up a bit ladies and gentlemen. Don't be afraid of me. I ain't Oscar Wilde ... LADIES AND GENTLEMEN ... AAAAAA GGGG HHHHH! Now that's all you gotta do ... here they are ... you'll be all right. [5]

In de:Pasolinis tolldreiste Geschichten spielt er einen tätovierten Bauern und einen Koch:

„Between a gesture and joke,” muses one tattoo'd peasant, “truth can be told (Zwischen einer Geste und einem Scherz “, sinniert ein tätowierter Bauer,„ kann man die Wahrheit sagen) Wortwechsel gelegentlich dessen der Kopf des Erzähler von einem Pferd gegen den tätowierten Kopf des Bauern gestoßen wird. J.P. van Dyne (de kok), de:Pier Paolo Pasolini (de:Geoffrey Chaucer), [6]



  1. An unusual point in criminal practice was discussed before the Court of Criminal Appeal in England recently, which is rendered more interesting to the Irish legal profession as counsel for the appellant was an Irish K.C., who also practises as a junior counsel in England. Jacobus Peters van Dyn was convicted by a jury before Sir Ernest Wilde, the Recorder of London, of assault with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm and sentenced to seven years penal servitude. While in prison he first signed a Notice of Appeal and later a Notice of Abandonment of his appeal. After serving about six months of his sentence he was released by the Home Secretary, the balance of his sentence Feb. 13, 1932]. vgl. J. Falconer, The Irish Law Times and Solicitors' Journal, 1932, [1]
  2. Burchett called Van Dyn, who paid 100 pounds for his tattoos, his most plucky client, and said that he was “The World's Worst Man” (Burchett, 1958). In fact, Van Dyn made up flyers billing himself as such and used them to promote himself when he performed at de:Tower Hill in London. He tried to sell his head (to be delivered upon his death), which Burchett tattooed with flowers, butterflies, vgl. Margo DeMello, Inked: Tattoos and Body Art around the World, S. 691
  3. Vor 1936, [2]
  4. Jacobus Van Dyn, known as the Tattoo Man in Great Britain, warming up for a wrestling contest circa  1936. The tattooed celeb of old times put up his decorated head for sale, which could be collected afte his death. Sadly, no one wanted to buy it.mit bunten, floralen Motiven tätoviertes Gesicht * * * On the right, Dr. Burchett, of London, is making $500 by tattooing the whole head of Mr. Jacobus Van Dyn with dragons and things. ... 16 FARM JOURNAL • March 1936
  5. The aura of evangel and burlesque comic surrounds Jacobus Van Dyn, a wrinkled 68-year-old who is tattooed from head to toe. His face is festooned with roses, butterflies and hearts; a dragon menaces from the back of his shaven head. Van Dyn lias expanded six months in jail for robbery into a life-of- crime fantasy. He insists he was a torpedo for Al Capone. "Just come up a bit, ladies and gentlemen," he shouts. "Don't be afraid of me. I ain't Oscar Wilde., Newsweek 1967; Simon Lancaster, Speechwriting: The Expert Guide, [3] Something he would do on any given Sunday at Speakers Corner, Hyde Park, London – where he would tell all - about his life – with the same speech each week – what went as follows ‘Ladies and gentlemen; in case you don’t know who I am – I’m the man who was over there a second ago’ this he would say after he had got off his soapbox and kicked it across the ground loudly to draw attention to himself – which nine times out of ten worked perfectly in drawing the people especially with his stentorian ways - before going on to tell of his time spent in some of the worlds worst prisons including San Quentin, Bonamora, Sing Sing, Dartmoor and in Central Prison, Pretoria. He would also tell one of his favourite jokes ‘I was once at Oxford College and that’s the truth – I was only there a minute and a half before the burglar alarm went off and I had to get the hell out of there’ He also claimed to have helped to get Woodrow Wilson into the White House by voting for him fifteen times in one day – where for doing this – Jacobus told his audience that the new (28th) President Of America sent him 50 dollars in gratitude;
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  7. [6] [7] "The World's Worst Man, my most plucky client, J. P. Van Dyn, who now works as a stevedore in the Southampton Docks is sixty three years of age. He claims to have been in every famous prison in the world, including Sing Sing, Devil's Island. Very few of my clients, except professional fair-ground artist, would decide to ornament their faces in such an elaborate and distinct manner as Mr. Van Dyn. He sketched some of the designs himself." www.howardgrey.com/sets/jacobus-van-dyn/ "Jacob van Dyn was rumoured to have been a bootlegger and a gunman for Al Capone. Whenever he was short of money he borrowed from London’s tattooists. The whole of his body was adorned but he was especially proud of the tattoos on his head which included the signs of the zodiac. His penis was also heavily tattooed. He was well known at Speaker’s Corner, Marble Arch and claimed to have been in every famous prison in the world, including Sing Sing and Devil’s Island." flickr.com [8] ... Tom remembers eccentrics like Jacobus Van Dyn, who had a snake tattoo Tom Tickell, journalist and diarist, first visited Speakers’ Corner at the age of sixteen, in 1958.  He spoke on absurd topics like umbrella worship and yak transport in a variety of accents, partly in order to mock speakers he saw as “pop-eyed fanatics.” Tom remembers eccentrics like Jacobus Van Dyn, who had a snake tattoo licking his upper lip. https://soundsfromthepark.on-the-record.org.uk/people/tom-tickell/