This Temporary Exhibit Explores the Permanence of Body Art

PHOTO: ©musée du quai Branly - Jacques, photo Thierry Olivier, Michel Urtado

Opening November 19 at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles, "Tattoo" explores the 5,000-year-old tradition of marking skin with ink.

Examining tattoos as symbols of both tradition and rebellion, the exhibit will feature over 125 images and objects, including historic artifacts, and life-size silicone models with contemporary designs. For this West Coast edition, part of the exhibit will focus on Southern California communities with a prominent tattoo culture like Ventura, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Orange County.

Silicone arm featuring Horiyoshi III’s work
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1. Silicone arm featuring Horiyoshi III’s work 2. Guy Aitchison’s work on silicone torso 3. Silicone arm featuring Xed Lehead’s work © musée du quai Branly – Jacques, photo Thomas Duval; © musée du quai Branly – Jacques, photo John Weinstein; © musée du quai Branly – Jacques, photo Thomas Duval

The museum is encouraging guests to share their tattoo stories on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter with #tattooNHMLA.

Tattoo will be on display through April 15, 2018. Tickets ($24 general admission; free for members) are available here.