Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History

Explore the rich and surprising history of women and tattoos in California by visiting the Channel Islands Maritime Museum’s latest exhibit.

The exhibit, called Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History, will open to the public from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 2 at the Museum, located at 3900 Bluefin Circle, Oxnard 93035.

An opening reception is planned from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018. The reception is free for members, $7 non-members, and $5 seniors/military.

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California History will be open until Sunday, December 30, 2018.

About the Exhibit

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.

“We are so excited to share the remarkable stories of these women and connect them with tattooing today”, said Heather Behrens, Curator, and Collections Manager at CIMM.

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