Celebrating the rich artistic heritage of tattooing with first Museum tattoo flash day in the UK


Please bring ID if you are planning on having a tattoo – over 18s only.

The National Maritime Museum Cornwall is celebrating the rich artistic heritage of tattooing by holding a Flash Day on Friday 17 November 2017, believed to be a first for a UK museum.

The Museum’s flash day is a chance to collect tattoos inspired by designs from original rare flash from private collections on display.

All designs on offer will be created especially for the flash day and inspired by original flash and artwork featured in the museum’s ground breaking and award winning exhibition Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed, literally bringing the flash and art from the exhibition to life.

Tattoo artists Olly Streeter, Dan Hague and Matt Crandon from Newquay’s La Familia Tattoo Studio and Gemma B of Black Ink Rebellion Tattoo Co. are confirmed as tattooing in the Museum on the day.

No appointments, just turn up and pick from their flash.

Visitors can buy a museum ticket, view the ground breaking and award winning exhibition, choose a tattoo from the flash sheet the artists will have on display, join the queue, and get your tattoo.

The prices for each tattoo will be dictated by the artists and are in addition to your museum ticket for entry into the museum and exhibition.

Flash events can often see customers queuing around the block for their tattoo, so the Museum is encouraging visitors to arrive early.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed is an award winning and genuinely ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors and the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts.

The exhibition is on display at the Museum until 7 January 2017 so this is an ideal chance to see it before it closes in two months’ time.

Tattoo studios around the UK will also be participating in the Flash day including Just Jen Tattoos in Edinburgh (Find them Including Just Jen: @justjentattoos) Araceli 4ever, and all the guys at ‘1770’ tattooing legend Alex Binnie @abinniepaperandskin Brighton’s studio.

The Museum will continue the celebrations into the evening with a special Tattoo: Museum Late that evening. For £10 (students £5) you can explore this provocative and challenging show, hear insights from guest curators, see live tattooing as part of the Flash Day, enjoy live music by Leigh Delamere & the Gordanos, ‘Cornwall’s premium rhythm’n’blues boogie-woogie ragtime gypsy skifflers’ all while enjoying a free rum cocktail on arrival courtesy of Sailor Jerry.

Tickets are on sale at NMMC.CO.UK or phone 01326 313 388 – the last Museum Late sold out so the Museum it’s advisable to buy tickets in advance.


Things to note:

– The Museum opens at 10am and tattooing times will be:
– Daytime: 12pm – 5pm – You will need to buy a daytime admission ticket to the museum
– Evening: 7pm – 10pm – You will need to buy a separate admission ticket to the Museum Late event.
– Cash payments for tattoos