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Video: Guest curator Dr Matt Lodder introduces British Tattoo Art Revealed

Video: Guest curator Dr Matt Lodder introduces the thinking behind Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, the largest exhibition of it’s kind in the UK.

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Thanks Topman for profiling our exhibition

A magazine article on the hottest new trends in tattooing in London reads: “All sorts of people are doing it – lecturers, housewives, skinheads, architects, pop stars and sailors; the old and the young, all classes and sexes. If the very word ‘tattoo’ makes you think of a) servicemen, b) Victorian freak shows, c) sleazy…

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5 must see works: co-curators Stu and Derryth share highlights with Art Fund.org

Featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors, our very own co-curators Derryth Ridge and Stuart Slade share their highlights with Art Fund.org Full article on Art Fund.org

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Do tattoos deserve a place in the gallery? asks The Times

First they were for the rich, then only sailors and criminals, now 12 million of us have at least one — but are tattoos really artworks? Full article by Rachel Campbell-Johnston in The Times

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Move over Angelina Jolie: The secret British history of tattoos in The Telegraph

In July 1938, an article in American Weekly proclaimed that one of Britain’s most celebrated political hostesses, “the stately Marchioness of Londonderry” had been spotted at a committee of the War Office bearing the most startling of accessories. Rising skirts and the onset of transparent hose had revealed a secret that Lady Edith had managed…

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A brief history of the British tattoo: huck magazine

From high class beginnings to the myths of inked up criminals, as our exhibition opens in tattoo historian Dr Matt Lodder plots out a history of British body art for an article in huck magazine A tattooist once said to art historian Matt Lodder, guest curator of Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed that while it’s all…

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Life at the sharp end: The Guardian profiles Jessie Knight, Britain’s first female tattoo artist

A stuntwoman and artist, this 20th-century trailblazer was slandered and robbed by her rivals. On the opening week of our exhibition Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed The Guardian reappraises the life of a radical. Born in 1904, the eldest of eight children, Jessie Knight was a radical pioneer: the daughter of a sailor who became…

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BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz gets tattooed by Lal Hardy when he visits our exhibition

Courtesy of BBC News. Thursday 17 March 2017. BBC Arts editor Will Gompertz may have got more than he bargained for when he visits the National Maritime Museum Cornwall in Falmouth for a preview of the British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition.   Watch on BBC online

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Tattoo: The story behind the photo

The marketing image for Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed was inspired by an old photograph. Derryth Ridge, of National Maritime Museum Cornwall and creative lead on the exhibition, explains: ‘When I first started researching for the exhibition I came across a photograph of a member of the Bristol Tattoo Club revealing her tattoo. It’s really thought…

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