The Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) presents Ink: Stories on Skin
Ink is a unique retrospective about Chicano LA tattoo tradition, innovations and its social evolution as a cultural legacy to the world. With more than 50 artist represented, the exhibition features live demonstrations by internationally recognized master tattoo artists.
Long Beach, CA – The Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) presents INK: Stories on Skin, an international and historical perspective offering a twenty first century vision of the evolution of tattoo art production in Los Angeles and its impact throughout the world. Organized into nine different thematic sections, the exhibition, produced by the Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) and curated by Carlos Ortega, offers a broad view of the development of tattoos in different cultures in order and goes in-depth about the particularities of tattoo art in Southern California, the presence of the Navy in Long Beach, its technological innovations, the creative and symbolic contributions made by this means of expression, the role that Mexican Americans played in the development of a unique Chicano tattoo style, the impact within the community and the splendor of innovation and continuity expressed by their creators.
INK: Stories on Skin epitomizes what many of the population of adults in America sporting a tattoo have known all along: Tattoos have gone mainstream and that a small patch of blank skin is simply a blank canvas for a personal story. It is through a myriad of personal stories that six local artists will bring to the table for this both informative intro and retrospective of the art of the tattoo. Along with the discussions and MOLAA’s permanent collection, museum visitors will also experience on site live tattoo demonstrations by renowned tattoo artists including: Mark Mahoney, Ivana Belakova, Freddy Negrete, Nikko Hurtado, Kari Barba, Roxx.
“If there is anything valuable for every human being or community, is the opportunity to see themselves reflected through their cultural contributions; objects that contain their history and identity. These contributions constitute an essential aspect of the collective soul. With INK Stories on Skin we present the richness and tradition of tattoo art and emphasize within a global context the importance of the legacy left by the artists and community that made it possible.” Lourdes Ramos
Ink Stories on Skin sheds light on how tattoo art is an integral part of the historical and cultural fabric the greater Los Angeles and that tattoo art is a relevant, multicultural art form, not just specific to Southern California, but throughout the world.
The Museum of Latin American Art
628 Alamitos Ave. Long Beach, California