“They say when you die, your body's going to testify against you,” Shanghai Kate Hellenbrand has said. One of the first female tattoo artists to carve out a reputation for herself, Shanghai Kate appears in Rona Yefman's video Dame of the World with her iconic three-mast ship tattooed on her arm. In another video by Yefman, young Caitlin G. tattoos herself on film — you see the ink going in and excess color wash away. Both videos show at Annie Wharton gallery in the Pacific Design Center as part of “Shellfish,” a two-person show with Yefman and Davida Nemeroff about rights of passage and taking control. 8687 Melrose Ave., #B-275; through June 29. (323) 903-9566, anniewhartonlosangeles.com.

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