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Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham’s exciting new exhibition offers a ground-breaking insight into the history of British tattooing. Featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts, it tells a story that challenges the most deeply-held myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing.
From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history. Displaying the work of major tattoo artists, including George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy, the exhibition showcases the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK.

Delving into previously unseen private archives that reveal hidden histories, the exhibition includes the incredible story of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight, who was mentored by the world-famous, Chatham-based, Charlie Bell.

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed is open until 4 October 2020. Click here to find out more about The Historic Dockyard Chatham and here to book tickets to this fascinating exhibition.

Also, click here to WIN an annual family pass to The Historic Dockyard Chatham.


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