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May 24, to October 31, 2014


Patriotic Tattooing


Conway Patriotic Tattoos

There has always been a percentage of the tattooed population drawn to patriotic designs. Maybe they were in the military, and for whatever reasons didn’t get tattooed but now feel they want a patriotic tattoo. Perhaps they are newly enlisted, just got out of boot camp, or have relatives who served and now have passed on and want a tribute to them. There are many reasons why people get patriotic tattoo designs. Patriotic tattoos have always been popular during wartime. During the Civil War (1861-1865), sailors carried on their chest and backs elaborate reproductions of such glorious sea battles as the Monitor and Merrimac. Soldiers and civilians alike went in for flags, eagles, Uncle Sam's and other patriotic images.

This exhibition will feature patriotic tattoo designs from the 1880s to the 1950s. Image above is John Conway, circa 1940s.




September 5, 6 & 7, 2014


12th Art Tattoo Show Montréal

-12ième Convention Internationale de Tatouage de Montréal


At the historic Windsor Station, in downtown Montréal, come and discover the wonderful world of tattoo art. The Archive will be presenting talk on the famous Canadian tattooist, Ken ("Beachcomber Bill") Cotterell. Come by our booth and say hi! We'll be there with the BookMistress.




September 17, 2014


The Mariner's Museum, Newport News, VA

The Collection: The Life of Tattoo Artist Cap Coleman

Lecture by C.W. Eldridge

The Friends of the Mariners' Museum Library will present a lecture by C.W. Eldridge on the history of tattooing. The talk will be based on the recently published book The Collection by Pop and Kathy Macquire. The Collection has over 140 pages of images of original acetate stencils, flash and photographs from Norfolk, Virginia tattoo artist August "Cap" Coleman and others. The publishers of this book, Pop and Kathy Macquire of Modern Tattoo Museum in North Chicago, will be on hand to sign your copy.

The Collection