Today, one out of ten people in France has a tattoo. It is obvious that the tattoo industry has started to boom again. More and more people have tattoos, but let us not forget, nothing is worst than having an impulsive, reckless or meaningless tattoo. If you are interested in getting a tattoo, this exhibition is the right place to learn what a tattoo really is. It is not something you do without deep thinking; it is a symbol of your own.
The exhibition guides you to explore not only the history and changing style of tattoos in different periods and countries, but also the ‘interior’ world of tattoos between the artist and the tattooed. The exhibition delivers its programme with various materials, from dusty old skulls to silicone synthetic arms and legs that tattoo artists can freely practice their skill.
In the end, the exhibition curators Anne and Julien, leave us with an important question; “What does a tattoo mean today?” Is it an outsider art? Is it a new trend? Is it a fun way of making oneself distinctive? According to the two curators, we must know the differences between an impulsive or identify tattoo and the ones linked to a commitment, self-sacrifice, a search for oneself, or an affirmation of a vision of life.
Musée du Quai Branly
218 rue de I’Université 75005 Paris
33 (0) 1 56 61 70 00
From 6 May 2014 to 18 October 2015
*Closed on Mondays*