Tattooing practices date back thousands of years and have been passed down for centuries, continuing to evolve with changes in culture and technology. Our new exhibition, Tattooing: Religion, Reality and Regret, explores the body adornment practices from ancient times to the present, focusing on ancient tribal tattooing practices and on what tattooing means to people today.
For our School and Family Programs Coordinator, John Lodge, tattoos don’t need meaning – they just need to be appealing to the wearer.
When John first decided to get a tattoo, he spent years trying to decide on something he was passionate about. Traditionally, tattoos were taken to symbolize tribal or religious affiliations, war honors or coming of age. Over time, tattooing has become more mainstream, but the permanence and pressure of selecting a tattoo can still weigh on a person.