Tattoo | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles


November 19, 2017 – April 15, 2018

Tattoo is an exhibition 5,000 years in the making. The art of marking skin with ink spans cultures, continents, and has evolved over time. We find ourselves with a mysterious fascination with both ancient and modern tattoo practices. Are they considered a part of sacred ritual or an act of rebellion? A sign of belonging or expression of individuality? In the special exhibit, you'll explore the history, technique, motivation, and sheer artistic genius that are connected to one another by ink.



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In order to show the full breadth of tattoos on the body, this exhibition contains some nudity.





Exhibit Highlights


Discover the vast legacy of tattoos from around the world to right here in Southern California.


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Share Your Tattoo Story


Explore what body art means to our community. Tattoo isn't our story to tell, it's yours.

Share yours #tattooNHMLA


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Tattoo Events


Enhance your exhibition experience with amazing events throughout its run.


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This exhibition was developed and produced by the musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac in Paris.