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Etched in Skin: Tattoos and Art Exhibit Reception

Etched in Skin: Tattoos and Art
by Gilda Acosta, James Haun, Gia Catauro and Ellie Vega
January 9 – February 10, 2018
Exhibit Reception, Saturday, January 20th from 7-9pm

Comprised of a blend of pen and pencil sketches, watercolors and photography depicting tattoo designs, Etched in Skin will provide a window into the process of tattooing from the initial outlines most often drawn on tracing paper to the finished product: living skin. Some of the tattoo collectors shown in the photographs will be present during the show's opening, allowing their varied origins and appearance to emphasize mainstream society’s newfound acceptance of the once stigmatized and controversial practice.

To achieve this, individuals (everyday people of conservative appearance wearing extensive tattoo work) will be in attendance at the gallery opening, allowing newcomers to view their work in person as well as on photographic displays depicting the design process and application of their tattoo(s). There will be written text alongside each visual explaining their individual motivation and collaboration with their tattoo artist.