"Tattoo: An Exhibition"

"Tattoo: An Exhibition"

Brynne Palmer


2018-03-17 09:30:00
9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily until April 15
$24, $21 seniors & students, $11 children
The Natural History Museum's "Tattoo: An Exhibition," a touring display first seen at the Musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac in Paris in 2014, explores the history, art and culture of body ink dating back 5,000 years, whether it's part of a tribal, religious, military or gang affiliation or just a form of self-expression. Among the 125 objects organized into thematic sections are photographs, clay figurines, textiles, videos of tattoo ceremonies, interviews with tattoo artists and lifelike tattooed silicone body parts, as well as tools and technology, including a 250-year-old ink pad from Jerusalem. The collection singles out Los Angeles' tattoo history, especially tattoo destinations such as the Pike in Long Beach and East L.A., even featuring a re-creation of Long Beach's Bert Grimm's World Famous Tattoo (now Outer Limits Tattoo), the oldest continuously run tattoo parlor in America.
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