Tattoo exhibit 
Rarely do you see the phrase “rock star” being used to describe a museum exhibit, but the words perfectly describe Tattoo at The Field Museum. The show, which runs through April 30, 2017, was initially developed by Paris’s musée du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac and is showing in the United States for the first time.

It features powerful images that bring the history of tattooing to life, and showcases the wide variety of technique and art from around the world and throughout time. Whether you are inked or not, this is definitely worth a visit.

Here's a taste of what you'll see and experience: 
Tattoo exhibit
An inside look into the world of Whang Od, the oldest and last surviving Kalinga mambabatok (traditional tattoo artist) in the northern Philippine town of Buscalan.
Tattoo exhibit
Tattoo girl power in action. In 1936, Jessie Knight became the first English female tattoo artist to open her own shop. 

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Japanese tattoo artist Horiyoshi III's marvelous tattoo bodysuit, which took 140 sessions and 93 hours to complete 
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Letters from Sailor Jerry to Ed Hardy, two of the United States’s top tattoo artists.

Tattoo exhibit
Did you know that some cultures believe their blessed tattoos can imbue them with special powers of animals like lions and eagles? The exhibit has a video of the ceremony, and it is riveting and rather intense.
Tattoo at The Field Museum Chicago
In addition to the exhibit, there will be live demos on clients by master artists from Chicago between 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on select dates (starts November 19) so you can see tattoos come to life. 

The Essentials

Exhibition runs through April 30, 2017
Museum hours: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. everyday (Closed Christmas day)
Museum address: 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive
Blog cover image: Female torso formed out of silicone, tattooed by renowned French tattoo artist Tin-Tin specifically for the exhibit.