Last year we announced details of a large tattoo art exhibition due to take place at The National Maritime Museum in Falmouth, Cornwall – well, the waiting is over, the exhibit has now opened and is receiving a great buzz on social media.
— Roshni Hirani (@RoshHirani) 17 March 2017
Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed has been a highly anticipated project for the tattoo industry, bringing together the country’s finest tattoo artists, collectors, curators, historians and writers to create one huge exhibit that celebrates the art-form of tattooing in Britain.
The exhibition aims to challenge pre-conceptions about tattooing by exploring its important and artistic status today. It simultaneously offers the public an opportunity to reflect on, and appreciate, its rich artistic history and heritage across the globe.
This month I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing four of the exhibit’s main curators and contributors – historian and lecturer Dr. Matt Lodder, Things&Ink editor Alice Snape and legendary tattooists Lal Hardy and Alex Binnie.
These great artistic minds have given me a real insight into how and more importantly, why, this exhibit has been created, and what the public (tattooed and non-tattooed) can take away from it. The final article will be published in the next issue of Skin Deep magazine.
— Maritime Museum (@TheNMMC) 18 March 2017
— julie (@juliemonks) 18 March 2017
I was out of the country when Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed launched last week and was gutted to miss the opening night! Luckily, I (and the rest of you) have until 7th January 2018 to catch this fascinating and eye-opening exploration of tattoos.
Until we get to see the real thing, here are some sneak-peek photos from social media to whet your appetite, taken by members of the public who have visited so far.
Cornwall, we’ll see you soon!
Read more about the event on the NMMC website.
Admission to the entire museum and its exhibit is is £12.95 (ticket gives you endless admission throughout the whole year, concessions available).
Words: Beccy Rimmer / Inkluded
Photos: Social media, various, as credited