This event will unearth the the history and importance of tribal tattooing

A young boy being tattooed, from the Solomon Islands. Photo: Dr Ian Hogbin

A young boy being tattooed, from the Solomon Islands. Photo: Dr Ian Hogbin

Live tattooing will form part of the 2017 Tribal Art Fair on 9th September 2017 in London.

Alongside other artefacts, event organisers will run educational lectures to encourage the further understanding of tribal tattoos.

A Maori Chief, c. 1890. Photo: Iles Auckland

A Maori Chief, c. 1890. Photo: Iles Auckland

Speakers include Dr Karen Jacobs, a specialist in arts of the Pacific who will discuss tribal tattooing within Fijian culture.

Curator Jessica Phillips will discuss her latest expedition to document the last of the tattooed faced women.

Lastly, tattooist Martin Poole will explore the connections between tribalism and modern-day tattooing. Martin will also carry-out hand-poke tattooing live, as part of the fair.

Tattooed woman from Chin and Rakhine States being interview as part of Jessica Phillips' research

Tattooed woman from Chin and Rakhine States being interview as part of Jessica Phillips’ research

Tribal communities all over the world have long used tattooing as a method of identification.

Tattoos represented which tribe an individual belonged to, their status within the tribe as well as personal traits such as strength or bravery. As tattoos increase in popularity today, it is important that the meaning and history of tribal tattoos is recalled and appreciated.

A photo of a Maori girl with a Moko tattoo, By Ile. Gelatin

A photo of a Maori girl with a Moko tattoo, By Ile. Gelatin

An old Mailu Island lady. Papua New Guinea, c. 1930, taken by Dr Ian Hogbin

An old Mailu Island lady. Papua New Guinea, c. 1930, taken by Dr Ian Hogbin

As well as an educational programme, tribal tattoo artefacts from around the world will be on display at the event.

Tribal Art Fair is an annual convention that brings together art displays from Africa, Oceania and the Americas. It runs from 6th – 9th September 2017 (with the Saturday hosting tattoo-specific events) at Mall Galleries, London.

Print of Man of New Zealand, c. 1775

Print of Man of New Zealand, c. 1775

Early Marquesas Islands natives showing tattoos, c. 1830

Early Marquesas Islands natives showing tattoos, c. 1830

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