This exhibition traces the 300-year-plus history of tattooing in New York City. See examples from the area’s early Native American cultures—along with more current designs—and learn about important moments in skin-art history (like the City’s ban on tattoo parlors, which lasted from 1961 to 1997). More than 250 items will be on display, including an electric pen made by Thomas Edison (a precursor to a tattoo needle gun) and work from some of the Bowery’s most famous tattoo artists, like Mike Bakaty.
For more than 300 years, New York has played a central role in the development of modern tattooing, from its origins in Native American body art to the introduction of the craft by sailors in colonial New York, from the development of a New York style to the three-decade tattoo ban instituted in 1961 and the subsequent underground tattoo culture. This diverse history is explored in Tattooed New York, an exciting exhibition where history and pop culture converge to tell the complex story of a fascinating art form in America’s cultural nucleus. http://www.nyhistory.org
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