Tatoueurs Tatoués - Musée du Quai Branly

Britain's first female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight, at work in 1955. ©Getty Images
Paris' museum of indigenous art, the Musée du Quai Branly, presents Tatoueurs Tatoués, an exhibition devoted to the practice of tattooing, with over 300 historical and contemporary works from all over the globe on display. Curated by Anne & Julien, founders of the art magazine Hey! - and in collaboration with France's most revered tattoo artist, Tin-Tin - Tatoueurs Tatoués traces the history of body art from the ritualizing decorations of traditional societies, to a means of marking criminals, to a form of sideshow spectacle, up to its present day ubiquity. On show are a vast variety of exhibits, from samples of tattooed skin (such as a swatch from 18th century Indonesia), to archival photos of the tattooed and the tattooers (such as Britain's first female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight, born 1897), tools (including Thomas Edison's 1877 stencil gun) and tattooed silicon body parts and canvases of fantasy projects created especially for the exhibition by 30 master tattooers from across the world. The exhibition also covers the art of tattooing by region, documenting the history, role and style of tattooing in Japan, North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.  

Tatoueurs Tatoués at the Musée du Quai Branly
37 Quai Branly, 75007 Paris
Open Tues-Sun, 11am-7pm (until 9pm Thurs-Sat)
Until 18th October, 2014
"Volume" tattooed especially for the exhibtion by Filip Leu 
Bamboo and ebony tattoo tools from Japan - 20th century
Tattoo artist Freddy Corbin
Letters between Sailor Jerry and Ed Hardy

Old Man Tattooing a Back, Anonymous, France, 18th Century 
"Volume" tattooed especially for the exhibtion by Tin-Tin
Plates made for Alexandre Lacassagne, France, early 20th century
France's most revered tattoo artist, Tin-Tin, was the artistic consultant for the exhibition

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