Challenging ideas about how far back tattooing goes in our culture

Co-curator and Head of Public Programming at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Stuart Slade, chooses one of his favourite objects in British Tattoo Art Revealed, the largest exhibition of it’s kind in the UK.

A genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors.

Challenging long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing when it comes to class, gender and age, whilst at the same time celebrating the astonishingly rich artistic heritage of tattooing in the UK.

This is the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts.

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Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed is at The National Maritime Museum Cornwall until 7 January 2017.