Tattoo History Exhibition

Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

As the world’s leading destination for naval heritage, where better to unveil our newest major exhibition; Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed. It’s genuinely ground-breaking and a comprehensive history of British tattooing, featuring cutting-edge designers, leading academics, and major private collectors. Featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts from the work of major tattoo artists George Burchett, Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy, this is the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK.

It is estimated that a fifth of the UK population, almost 12 million people, now have at least one tattoo and among young adults, this rises to a third.

Tribal designs, inspirational quotes, traditional-style inkings and super-fan celebrity portraits – they are now more works of art than markings for sailors, criminals, and outsiders, which is where they first began.

This exhibition will bring to life the rich maritime heritage of tattoos, depicting how people from all areas of society have always been tattooed. From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history.

This exhibition is FREE with an Attraction Annual Pass 

Tattoo Exhibition - £10 (gate price) or £8 (save 20% when booked online)

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Image: Jessie Knight tattoo studio in Charlottes Street, Portsmouth, credit and copy write to Neil Hopkin-Thomas

HMS Hermes returning from the Falklands