By Dorota Kozinska

Tattoos: Ritual, Identity, Obsession, Art explores the multifaceted world of tattoos and their origins, showcasing ancient tools as well as commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most famous contemporary tattoo artists.

This vast and truly exciting presentation is divided into sections:
Global to Marginal focuses on cultural traditions of tattooing across the planet and time, reaching back to the Age of Discovery, when European adventurers travelled to Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

They brought back with them the art they saw, and it was sailors first who began sporting tattoos.

Art on the Move shows how the art of tattooing crossed borders, with styles and practices being shared by tattoo artists in Japan, Europe and North America.

The American invention of the electric tattoo machine drastically changed the landscape, allowing for unimaginable possibilities. Inspired greatly by Japanese "irezumi" tattoos, contemporary tattooing as a valid art form was born.

New Territories focuses on exactly that: new approaches and the development of contemporary tattoos, and the effect of tattooing on pop culture and cultural iconography as new schools continue to emerge, from the realist tattoo style of L.A. gangs to the cutting edge aesthetic of modern day.

Tattoos: Ritual, Identity, Obsession, Art
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
100 Queens Park
Toronto, ON
From April 2 to September 5, 2016
Royal Ontario Museum (lien externe)
Musée du Quai Branly(lien externe)
Portrait 6: Muay Thai boxer, Bangkok
Cédric Arnold. Bangkok,
Thailand, 2011
© Cédric Arnold
Courtesy Galerie Olivier Waltman
Koruru or Parata mask
New Zealand
19th century. Musée du quai Branly, Paris
Inv. 71.1959.71.1.
© musée du quai Branly, photo Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado
Tattoed design on women's torso
Silicone. © Tin-Tin. France, 2013
© musée du quai Branly, photo Thomas Duval
N.B. A great catalog was produced for the Paris exhibition.
Image(lien externe)