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Danish tattoo art exhibition showcases 100 years of history

Danish Tattoo Art

There’s an exciting exhibition happening over in Copenhagen until 28th June – 100 years of Danish Tattoo history.

The exhibition is taking part in Copenhagen’s Rundetaarn (Round Tower) and shows the development of tattooing in Denmark from 1885 to 1985. The exhibition is curated by Jon Nordstrøm and Liberty Paterson, with the expert support of the tattoo artist, Frank Rosenkilde belairtattoo.dk.

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On Tuesdays and Saturdays they’re making it possible to also get your own sailor tattoo in the actual exhibition hall at The Round Tower – you can pre-book or just turn up and get one on the day.

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A director’s cut version of Jon Nordstrøm’s book Danish Tattooing will be published for the exhibition.

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The Rundetaarn website introduces the exhibition: “In Scandinavia, broadly speaking, tattooing as we know it today, started in Copenhagen at the end of the 19th century, specifically in the harbour of Nyhavn, adjacent to the square of Kongens Nytorv.  This is where, for more than a century, mariners, ladies of the night and drunken Swedes had little nautical motifs marked into their skin by the tattoo artist’s spinning machine. After the 2nd World War tattooing became more widespread, with more and more people getting tattooed. But it was not until the 1980s that the motifs left behind by sailors started to resemble what we would recognise today.”

Find out more and why not take a last minute trip to Copenhagen – some great Airbnb deals!

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Building and Exhibition Photos from @theroundtower Copenhagen Instagram

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