Time: Tattoo Art Today
3 July – 5 October 2014
Daily 10.00-18.00 (last entry 17.30)
Late night until 21.00 (last entry 20.30) on 31 July and 21, 28 August
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
An exhibition presenting original artworks from 70 of the world’s most influential tattoo artists including Ed Hardy, Horiyoshi III, Paul Booth, Rose Hardy, Chris Garver, Ami James and Mister Cartoon, curated by fellow tattoo artist Claudia De Sabe and publisher Miki Vialetto.
Each artist has been commissioned to create a completely new work for the exhibition on the theme of time, working with any medium and on any canvas apart from their usual surface of skin.
The resulting collection ranges from oil painting, watercolours and traditional Japanese silk painting to paint layering on real skulls, airbrush and bronze sculpture. Time and all it infers (such as life and death) is a classic, common motif in tattoo art, expressed through a vast variety of iconographic combinations. For example, the popular inkings of butterflies, blossoms and the handled cross signify life, while memento moris such as skulls or the goddess Kali denote death. Many of these symbols are also present in the original pieces displayed.
All artworks on display are available to purchase at the Rizzoli Bookshop.
An exclusive range of collectible posters, books and memorabilia as well as the exhibition catalogue are also available.
Please be advised that from 18-21 September inclusive, entrance to the exhibition will be via the Great Arch entrance on Victoria Embankment only.
Take part in a life drawing workshop with a difference, as tattooed models pose nude for you to create your own deathly ink artworks. Explore tattoos as memento mori with Art Macabre. Sketch inked life models, including tattoos by Time: Tattoo Art Today exhibition curator Claudia de Sabe, exploring how marks made on flesh memorialise time and the corporeality of the human body. And why not enjoy a cheeky rum cocktail too?
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Art historian Matt Lodder will delve into the birth of English tattooing as an artistic profession in the 1880s, and discuss the life and work of Sutherland MacDonald, whose parlour was based above a Turkish baths on Jermyn Street in London. This illustrated talk, complementing the Time: Tattoo Art Today exhibition in the Embankment Galleries, will feature never-before-seen images of MacDonald's remarkable work.
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