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Tattooed & Tenacious HSJ Members & VIP Opening Reception

March 20, 2016 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Free
Portrait of Olive Oatman
Olive Oatman, c. 1857. The tattoo on Oatman’s chin was given to her by a Mohave tribe with whom she lived for several years.
Be the first to see our new exhibit Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History before it opens to the public. Enjoy a tour of the exhibit with curator Amy Cohen and discover this hidden corner of California history.

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.

Details

Date:
March 20, 2016
Time:
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost:
Free
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Organizer

History San José
Phone:
408.287.2290
Website:
www.historysanjose.org

Venue

McKay Gallery at the Pasetta House
635 Phelan Avenue
San Jose, CA 95112 United States
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Phone:
408.287.2290