Almost a quarter of American women now have tattoos, while over a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 wear permanent skin art.
From the upper-class women who started the tattoo craze to the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows, this exhibit puts the foremothers of modern tattooing in the spotlight. Through photographs and personal histories, this exhibit uncovers the fascinating and largely unknown story of women and tattoos before WWII. A show-stopping mannequin, hand-drawn by current Bay Area female tattoo artists and specially commissioned for this show, highlights how far women and tattooing have come.
The exhibition includes the following themes:
-Wealthy Women and the Tattoo Craze
-Tattooed Ladies (Circus Sideshow Performers)
-Female Tattoo Artists
-The Mechanics of Tattooing
-Tattooing After World War II
San Joaquin County Community Exhibit - Hear from local women who have graciously shared the stories behind their most meaningful tattoos alongside beautiful photographs by noted Stockton photographer, Rich Turner
Adults, $7.00; Seniors & Military, $6; Youth (6-17), $5:00; Kids ages 0-5 and Members are free. Parking at Micke Grove Park: $6.00.
Hour of Operation: Thursday – Sunday 10:00am – 4:00pm
6/11- 10:00am - 3:00pm
Learn about the fascinating stories of tattooed women throughout the Golden State and hear from local ladies who have shared the stories behind their meaningful ink with the help of Stockton photographer Rich Turner. Also present will be exhibit creator Amy Cohen who will offer guests an inside look at this exhibit and the process of bringing it to life. We are proud to feature Five Window Beer Co. and Squeeze Burger Truck for this event, so grab the family and join us for a fun and informative day!
Special Event Opening Day on 6/11- Museum Admission - $5 for all guests (children 5 and under are free).
Parking fee for Micke Grove Park - $6