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Get Inked at the Field Museum

The new Field Museum exhibit shows tattoos through time


It may feel like tattoos seemingly came out of nowhere in the last decade and that everyone — not just chefs and bartenders — are covered with ink. But a new exhibit at the Field Museum, aptly titled Tattoo, takes us back through time to show how tattoos have been an integral part of cultures for millennia.

Opening Oct. 21 and running through April 30, 2017, Tattoo explores more than 5,000 years of body art in Japan, Polynesia, Europe, North Africa, the United States and beyond. Tattooing signifies different things to different cultures: a passage into adulthood; building community; a mark of punishment and more. While some consider tattoo a form of bodily mutilation many think it’s a gorgeous art form. Where do you fall? Head to the Field Museum to see more than 170 pieces to gain more insight and form an educated opinion.

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