Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

National Maritime Museum Cornwall
17 March 2017 – 7 January 2018

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall announced its major new temporary exhibition for 2017: Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall (in Falmouth) from 17 March 2017 to 7 January 2018.

This highly awaited exhibition offers a genuinely ground-breaking and 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.

Sinbad Tool | Tattoo Life
Sinbad Tool | National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Group colour 100 hands | Tattoo Life
Group colour 100 hands | National Maritime Museum Cornwall

Showcasing the work of major tattoo artists from George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, to Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy this will be the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the United Kingdom.

The exhibition features items from three of the most important private collections of tattoo material in Britain, providing a rare opportunity to display original artwork and artefacts not otherwise on public display.

The exhibition also delves into previously unseen private archives that reveal hidden histories, including the incredible real story of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight.

For further information on the NMMC:

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed
18 March 2017 – 7 January 2018National Maritime Museum Cornwall
Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3QY
Museum opening times:
every day of the year from 10 am – 5 pm, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day