New London event features live tattooing to explore the concept of pain

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Tattoo by Ant The Elder. Photo: Instagram.

Pursuit of Pain at the Wellcome Collection, London will include an evening of interactive workshops, talks and live tattooing by artist Ant The Elder.

The evening of events (on 1 July) will get up close and personal to the terrifying, but fascinating, world of pain. From those who live with pain to those who actively seek it, Pursuit of Pain will take visitors on a dark and daring journey.

A previous event at Wellcome Collection

A previous event at Wellcome Collection.

Visitors can explore perceptions of pain with a series of talks and demonstrations, or dive into an experiential workshop or installation. One activity will invite visitors to test their pain thresholds against their friends. Theatre-maker Hannah Nicklin will challenge visitors to control their heart-rate in an endurance based game.

Throughout the venue personal experiences of pain will be dissected with brutal honesty by artists and performers. Martin O’Brien will re-enact the medical interventions he has encountered as a cystic fibrosis patient, as an attempt to reclaim agency over his own body.

Elsewhere in the building, Artist Ria Hartley will invite visitors to ‘enter the wound’ and confront pain to deal with trauma, while tattooist Ant the Elder will work on those seeking the thrill of pain, tattooing them live in front of an audience.

A previous event at Wellcome Collection

A previous event at Wellcome Collection.

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Tattoo by Ant The Elder. Photo: Instagram.

Ant will be tattooing five people live on the night in front of visitors. They’ll have met with the London-based tattooer prior to the evening to avoid any too-rash decisions, but it’s looking to certainly be a unique experience for everyone involved! 

This is a special late-night event with a bar running all night. The majority of activities are drop-in but some talks and workshops need booking – you can book online from 11am on Friday 24 June.

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Tattoo by Ant The Elder. Photo: Instagram.

In Pursuit of Pain will take place on Friday 1 July 2016, 7pm – 11pm at Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE.

Visit wellcomecollection.org/events for tickets and more information after 24 June.

Wellcome Collection, London.

Wellcome Collection, London.

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