|The last tattoed Kalinga woman, 2011 © Jake Verzosa|
The Musée Quai Branly in Paris is known for its globe-spanning exhibitions and ability to connect physically and temporally disparate cultures with our contemporary moment. No where is this better on display than their latest exhibition "Tattooists and Tattooed." The exhibition returns to the sources of tattooing and tells the story of the practice's transformation into a permanent, globalized phenomenon. Although we might take for granted that tattoos are commonplace in the Western world, this exhibition reveals the interesting cultural interplay that preceded their current wide-spread acceptance.
Editor's Note: The exhibition will run at the Musée Quai Branly from May 6, 2014 to October 18th, 2015.
For more on the topic of tattooists, be sure to check out Ten Tattooists, a portrait series of the artists behind the ink.