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Exhibition dates

19 October 2019 - 8 March 2020 

Opening times

Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday 12 noon– 4pm 


Prices can vary per event and with pass/group discounts


This ground-breaking exhibition celebrates the astonishingly rich heritage of tattooing as an art form in the UK.

There are over 400 original art works, photographs and historic objects on display – some of which have never been seen in public before – and unique commissions from today’s leading tattoo artists and studios.

Around one in five people in Britain today are tattooed. This surge of visibility may make tattooing feel like something new, but tattoos and tattoo art have always held a significant place in our history and imagination.

From ruffians to royalty, sailors to socialites, pilgrims to punks, people from all areas of society have been tattooed. The exhibition challenges long-standing myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing, especially in relation to race, gender and class.

Exhibition credits

A touring exhibition curated by National Maritime Museum Cornwall

In partnership with Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Sir John Fisher Foundation