In conjunction with its new exhibition, Tatoo, The Field Museum has opened a new working tatoo shop to give visitors a demonstration of the art form by some of the area's most sought after tatoo artists.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
Yes, the stories you’ve heard are true. The Field Museum has launched its own in-house, working tattoo shop as part of its newest exhibition, Tattoo. Members of the public are now able to get a natural-history themed tattoo live in the exhibition on select weekends throughout the run of the new show.
“We’ve been working with some of Chicago’s most talented tattoo artists to open the Tattoo Shop at The Field Museum, and they’ve put together some incredible artwork that ties in with the natural history collections at the Field,” says exhibitions project manager Janet Hong. “It’s been amazing to see their different artistic styles play out in how they interpreted the theme.”
Visitors can select from 42 different pieces of flash art (pre-drawn designs) created by local artists to get as tattoos.
“We’re excited to give our visitors the chance to get tattooed by some of our city’s greats, including Zach Stuka of Deluxe Tattoo and Stephanie Brown of Butterfat Studios,” says Hong. “Even if you’re not getting a tattoo yourself, you can come watch the tattoo artists at work on select weekends throughout the exhibition’s run.” When the tattoo artists are not present, visitors can walk into the shop and explore it as part of their visit to the exhibition; a list of tattooing dates is available on the exhibition website at https://www.fieldmuseum.org/tattoo. The website also hosts biographies of the artists and their flash art available for tattooing.
“Chicago is home to a vibrant tattooing community with a rich history,” says Jaclyn Johnston, public relations and director of Public Awareness. “We couldn’t resist opening a tattoo shop to showcase our city’s talent. We also worked with local artists, including Harlan Thompson of Pioneer Tattoo, to create artwork for our advertising campaign, and we’re asking tattoo fans from Chicago and beyond to share their own tattoo stories with our social media campaign, #TattooFM.”
The tattoo shop is a brand-new addition to the exhibition, originally developed by the musée de quai Branly- Jacques Chirac in Paris and making its debut in the United States. “The exhibition is an exciting new step for The Field Museum,” says director of Exhibitions Jaap Hoogstraten. “It features art and culture from thousands of years ago, but it’s part of a trend of new exhibitions that also highlights modern artistic work and the cultural impact that this artwork makes. It’s fresh, and it’s powerful.”
On view at the Field, Tattoo explores the global phenomenon of tattooing around the world over time, shedding light on this often-misunderstood art form. The exhibition, which will run until April 30, 2017, features 170 objects telling the story of tattooing, including historical artifacts, intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body, and 14 objects from the Field Museum’s own collection.
For more information about the Tattoo exhibition, visit http://www.fieldmuseum.org/about/press/tattoo.