Art, Fashion, Symbol, Statement: Tattooing in America, 1960s to Today

June 22–Oct,ober 13, 2024

The exhibition explores the evolution of the tattoo, particularly in the northeastern United States, from a mark of counter-cultural rebellion, to one of the most popular forms of personal creative expression. While it is estimated that about 21% of Americans have tattoos, that number rises to over 40% for millennials, or those currently aged 27 to 42. Tattoos can be powerful signifiers of identity, holders of personal memory, and emblems of accomplishment, inspiration, or protection. Tattoos also embody a variety of aesthetic sensibilities, and their creation is often an intimate collaboration between the artist and the subject—a form of contemporary patronage. This exhibition seeks to illuminate and elevate the voices and experiences of under-recognized artists in the mid-Atlantic region and provide a broader understanding of tattoos and their history.

Thursday, June 20, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Opening Celebration of Art, Fashion, Symbol, Statement: Tattooing in America 1960s to Today. Be among the first to see our much-anticipated exploration of the art of tattooing. Meet the artists. Create indelible museum memories. Cost is $15 museum members, $25 general public Register in advance by contacting Donna Rastelli at 301-739-5727 or drastelli@wcmfa.org.