New exhibit Coming to History Park – Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History

Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Tibbals Digital Collection
Collection of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Tibbals Digital Collection
Do you think of tattooed women and female tattoo artists as a recent trend? If so, you’ll be surprised to discover the fascinating and largely unknown history of the the foremothers of modern tattooing prior to WWII. The exhibit explores Native American women proudly displaying tattoos as an important rite of passage; the wealthy elite starting a tattoo craze; and Tattooed Ladies making an independent living preforming in circus sideshows. 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.