Mallorcan exhibition showcases North African tattoo culture

Californian artist and tattooist Mark Walters – also known as Permanent Mark – will exhibit his work at Buffalo Folk Creative Space in Palma de Mallorca, in a curated event that aims to re-engage with his own tattoo heritage.

“I was born in Libya and grew up in Algeria,” he reflects, “and the first faces I ever saw when I grew up were tattooed.”

This new show is dedicated to a lost art that Mark feels he has forgotten and intends to re-connect with: “I have given so much attention to my tattooing career, and exploring different cultures in Asia, that I forgot about the heritage of where I come from – something that was on my face all the time.”

The Buffalo Folk Creative Space in Palma is Mark’s new working environment in which artists can express themselves and create work: “I just wanted a space to be able to create, and have a space for other people to create and exhibit art and not be ripped off by galleries.”

Challenging existing models of art representation is not new territory for Mark. He is well known for the manner in which he has showcased tattooing in the entertainment world. After fighting TV producers for  7 years, “I finally got my show on the air,” he says. Despite the show being eventually cancelled (“for another well-known garbage reality show”), his artistic endeavours continue.

Permanent Mark

Live hand-poke tattooing will take place at the event, which takes place on 23 September 2017 at Buffalo Folk, Carrer de les Caputxines, 4 Palma De Mallorca, Spain.