Tattoo is an exhibition 5,000 years in the making. The art of marking skin with ink spans cultures, continents, and has evolved over time. We find ourselves with a mysterious fascination with both ancient and modern tattoo practices. Are they considered a part of sacred ritual or an act of rebellion? A sign of belonging or expression of individuality? In the special exhibit, you’ll explore the history, technique, motivation, and sheer artistic genius that are connected to one another by ink.
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Want to see Tattoo after-hours? Tickets available for special late night events:
Late Night Tattoo on 22: Spend an exciting night at the Museum after work or after class. $10 non-members | Free for Members
First Fridays: Add on Tattoo to your First Friday ticket for just $5 | Free for Members
In order to show the full breadth of tattoos on the body, this exhibition contains some nudity.
Discover the vast legacy of tattoos from around the world to right here in Southern California.
Share Your Tattoo Story
Explore what body art means to our community. Tattoo isn’t our story to tell, it’s yours.
Share yours #tattooNHMLA
Enhance your exhibition experience with amazing events throughout its run.
This exhibition was developed and produced by the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris.