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The Art of the Tattoo | Artist Reception
July 14 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
In March of this year, Yuba Sutter Arts announced a community-wide art project called “The Art of the Tattoo.” Open photography sessions were scheduled in tattoo studios and other locations all over Yuba-Sutter. Anyone could stop by one of the pop-up studios to be photographed and interviewed for the project.
Yuba Sutter Arts is now ready to share the results at its July Gallery exhibit titled “The Art of the Tattoo – The Art and the Stories” in the Gallery at Yuba Sutter Arts in Marysville. The gallery walls will be lined with high resolution 20”x30” color photographs of the subjects as well as photos of the artists in action.
The show will be up for the entire month of July with an opening reception on Saturday, July 14th at 3pm. The exhibition location is The Gallery at Yuba Sutter Arts, 624 E Street in Marysville. You will have a chance to meet the photographer, Stoney Meagher, who photographed and curated the show. You’ll also be able to meet the tattoo artists and many of the subjects.
This project is also about storytelling through visual art. A unique feature of this exhibition will be videos that Stoney recorded of each subject during their individual photo studio sessions. Next to each photograph will be a QR code. Visitors will be able to access the videos with their smart phones by simply using their camera feature. The meanings behind so many of the tattoos add another whole dimension to the experience.
“I’ve long been interested in tattoos and have quite a few of my own,” said Stoney. “When I moved to the area last year, I found a local tattoo artist and not long after learned about Yuba Sutter Arts. I met David Read and he mentioned his idea for an ‘Art of the Tattoo’ exhibit and with my photography background I knew we could put together a project that would really connect with a large segment of the population,” he added.
Tattoo art has evolved over the years and the work being done today is nothing short of breathtaking. Further popularity in pop culture with TV shows like Ink Master, LA Ink and Miami Ink have brought tattoos into the mainstream.
Tattoos are more than just ink on skin. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu” which means “to mark something.” Tattooing has existed for thousands of years and has even been found on ancient mummified human remains. The purpose of tattooing varies from culture to culture, but the practice of personal adornment and storytelling has been a constant.
There is no cost for the opening reception on July 14th. Photographs will be available for purchase from the photographer. There is plenty of free street parking and in the parking lots at Umpqua Bank and Bank of America directly adjacent to the theater.