Tattoo Tales now at the National Maritime Museum

Posted on: 14th April 2017 No Comments

After all our hard work capturing people’s Tattoo Tales, it’s great to see the digital stories, images and quotes integrated into the ground-breaking exhibition now on at the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, ‘TATTOO British Tattoo Art Revealed.’

Through capturing peoples tattoo stories, it’s been possible to explore how tattoos are entwined with people’s life stories, and also within the wider context of culture and Art. Every story we captured was so different, it was hard to select just 20 to turn into digital stories. Here’s a couple to give you a taster. First up is Trevor’s story, which was incredibly moving and personal-

Tattoo Tales- Trevor's Story

Here’s a very different story from student Daisy Pooley-Tolkien-

Tattoo Tales- Daisy's Story

Touch screen showing the digital stories

Touch screen showing the digital stories

These digital stories, alongside many others, can be found on a touch screen within the exhibition. Further extracts and images of everyone we recorded are featured on large exhibition panels.

The exhibition is truly fantastic, providing a fascinating incite into the history of British tattooing, with some incredible displays and exhibits. There’s still plenty of time left to go and see it for yourself, with the exhibition continuing to the 7th January 2018.

Tattoo Tales was run in partnership with the National Maritime Museum Cornwall, as part of the Collections Stories project with National Maritime Museum. The Collections Stories project is a national partnership project, led by the National Maritime Museum, to develop a shared understanding of audiences around the UK and their connection to maritime history. Collections Stories is part of the National Maritime Museum’s Endeavour Galleries project and the activities are made possible through an award of £4.9m from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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