If there's two things you can count on when getting a fresh tattoo, it's the unmistakeable buzz of a tattoo gun and that strangely addictive pinpoint pain. The design however, is not so predictable. We've come a long way since tribal designs and flaming hearts were all the rage, with anything and everything from childhood pets to mythical creatures now adorning the skin of Millennials. While the art we see today is incredibly varied, these designs can all be traced back to significant cultural roots, and The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago is showcasing it all in one unique exhibit.
Aptly titled 'Tattoo', the exhibit opened on October 21 and will run until April 30, 2017, offering a window into the history of tattoos. With over 170 objects related to the art form, you can expect everything from tattoo tools to historic artifacts on display, as well as the most exciting part — a real in-house tattoo parlor.
That's right, Chicago, you can get inked by some master artists on November 19 and 20 on a first-come, first-served basis. The flash art can be chosen out of the artist's own portfolio (sorry, no custom tats here), and will set you back $250. For a full list of available artists, their schedules, and their flash art portfolios, visit the website.