Never just the domain of sailors and outlaws, tattoos have a rich and storied history. From Pacific Islanders to American hipsters, body art has long been a popular form of self expression with many layers of meaning.

Dr. John Troyer will discuss the history of human tattooing, as well as some of the key traditions associated with the practice. Tattoo artist Awen Briem will weigh in on tattoo customs and share thoughts on memorable designs and clients she’s worked with at her studio, Art With A Point.

In this section:
* Earliest example of tattooing and earliest mechanical tattooing gun
* Social Class Tattoos in Royalty
* English, French and German schools interpretations of tattooing.
* 19th century tattoo collecting

History of Hip explores the mysterious factors that confer hipness on an artist or a fad, and trace the origins of creative genres that still register with artists, audiences, and tastemakers today.

minnesotahistorycenter.org/hip

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