The Natural History Museum and Luke Wessman. Who would have thought tattooing would have come this far!
This fall, I will be involved in a ground breaking exhibition in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles that is 5,000 years in the making.
Myself and a hand selected group tattoo artists from around L.A. created Museum-inspired flash (sheets of tattoo designs), and we have a limited number of appointments available during the run of the exhibition in the museum. On November 1st at 10 am guests may start booking appointments for dates from November through January. Appointments for February through April will be available early next year.
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 Tattoo, you’ll explore the history, technique, motivation, and sheer artistic genius that are connected to one another by ink.
This exhibit will feature more than 125 images and objects, ranging from historical artifacts to intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body. Each tells the story of this unique and diverse art. The Museum will enhance the West Coast incarnation of Tattoo with objects from the Museum’s expansive collection, as well as features specific to the rich tattoo cultures of Southern California, from Ventura to Los Angeles to Long Beach and Orange County.