October 21, 2016 - April 30, 2017
Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art. Tattoos have a storied and diverse past, with practices dating back at least 5,000 years. Indelibly marking one’s skin has signified passage into adulthood, a sense of community, healing, art, punishment, and personal identity. The new exhibition at The Field Museum
, Tattoo, examines myriad and dynamic practices of tattooing around the world and throughout time—from Japan, Polynesia, the US, Europe, North Africa, and points beyond. The exhibition includes a thoughtful exploration of a new generation of practitioners who are creating new forms of expression, while drawing upon the great ritual and artistic practices of the past.