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Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History

March 20, 2016, 12:00pm

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Today, more women than men have tattoos. But what about the first California women to get tattooed? Who were they, and why did they get inked? Discover the fascinating and largely unknown history of the the foremothers of modern tattooing prior to WWII. The exhibit explores not only Native American women proudly receiving tattoos as an important rite of passage, but upper-class women who started the tattooing trend, the working-class Tattooed Ladies who graced the stages of circus sideshows, and some of the first female tattoo artists in California. The exhibit will also feature artwork from local contemporary tattoo artists. Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History will open to the public Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 12:00pm in the Leonard & David McKay Gallery in the Pasetta House at History Park. The exhibit will be open until December 31, 2016 on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00am – 4:30pm.

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