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Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History

Mon, 08/22/2022 - 8:00am to Sun, 01/01/2023 - 5:00pm
1st Floor, Ocean Side

From the upper-class women who started the tattoo craze to the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows, this exhibit puts the foremothers of modern tattooing in the spotlight. Through photographs and personal histories, this exhibit uncovers the fascinating and largely unknown story of women and tattoos before WWII. A show-stopping mannequin, hand-drawn by current Bay Area female tattoo artists and specially commissioned for this show, highlights how far women and tattooing have come.