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Art: Group Show

L.A. Skin & Ink


Opens Saturday Sep 29, 2012 (6–9pm)

Sep 30, 2012 – Jan 6, 2013



Craft and Folk Art Museum

5814 Wilshire Blvd





L.A. Skin & Ink, a celebration of LA’s place in tattoo history, is now on view at the Craft and Folk Art Museum in the Miracle Mile neighborhood. View the evolution of tattoo art, from an outlaw culture art form associated with gang members, jailed prisoners, and military bases and dominated by clichéd images such as hearts and daggers chosen from a wall of available images, to its broader cultural impact today, particularly in Los Angeles, of clients that include members of mainstream society. Discover how the City of Angels' proximity to the Pacific Rim has greatly affected the tattoos popular here, particularly in those influenced by traditional Japanese technique, and delve into other tattoo techniques, including black and gray technique, aka the fine-line technique, which fuses the influences of Catholicism with Mayan and Chicano cultures. Among the tattoo artists of note featured here are Don Ed Hardy, Mr. Cartoon (a prominent figure in MOCA’s 2011 street art show Art in the Streets), Carlos Torres, and Shawn Barber.

Karin E. Baker, Flavorpill

CAFAM says…

The Craft and Folk Art Museum presents L.A. Skin & Ink, an exhibition that explores the unique role that Los Angeles played in the tattoo renaissance that took place in the United States. The exhibition will move through the 60-year transformation of tattooing from its traditional base of military culture into an art form of great distinction and adoption into contemporary culture.