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Tattoo Day

17 July 2019

Happy Tattoo Day!

We wanted to take this opportunity to announce an exciting and genuinely ground-breaking temporary exhibition coming to the Historic Dockyard next year!

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, will open in No.1 Smithery from 28th March – 21st June 2020!

We met with the curator, Derryth Ridge, from the National Maritime Museum Cornwall to find out more:

The exhibition shows a comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors to tell a story that challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same time giving a voice to and celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK.

It is estimated that about one in five of the UK population as a whole is tattooed and this figure rises to one in three for young adults. And yet, whilst the visibility of tattooing in contemporary culture may feel like something new, tattoos and tattoo art have always held a significant place in Britain’s history and historical imagination.

Keep a look out on our social media for more announcements soon!



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