Marks In Time
On view October (TBD) through November 26, 2018
People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons: to commemorate loves and losses, to create identity, to signify belonging to a community, or for pure aesthetic joy. No matter what the motivation, tattoos have a unique ability to permanently associate a body with a specific space and time.
Though prevalent in cultures throughout history, tattoos have long been considered an underground, working class (and even taboo) art form in American society. But today, 21% of American adults has at least one tattoo, including 40% of those age 18 to 29. As tattooing gains more mainstream acceptance in our culture, the incredible artists behind the work are gaining long-deserved recognition for their talent.
In Marin there are only a handful of tattoo shops, but form has a long and storied history in the County. Stephen Stone, an artist with a shop in Mill Valley in the 1970s, created tattoos with a heavy East Asian influence. Colorful Al was a legend of downtown San Rafael through the 1990s. This show will feature artists from Marin’s current studios: Spider Murphy’s, Lucky Drive, and The Forge; as well as artists who have long lived and worked throughout the County. Marks In Time celebrates the artists practicing this ancient and beautiful art form, including drawings and paintings by tattoo artists, relics of Marin tattoo parlors of the past, and photographs of work on skin.
This exhibit is on display in the Redwood Foyer Gallery, in the Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium. The Gallery is open during performances or by appointment only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information.