Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed

The Historic Dockyard Chatham is currently closed until
30 April 2020.

This new and exciting temporary exhibition offers a ground-breaking insight into the history of British tattooing.

Featuring over 400 original artworks, photographs and historic artefacts, it tells a story that challenges the most deeply-held myths and pre-conceptions about tattooing. From ruffians to royalty; from sailors to socialites; from pilgrims to punks: tattoos have been etched into bodies throughout British history.

Displaying the work of major tattoo artists, including George Burchett, via the Bristol Tattoo Club, Alex Binnie and Lal Hardy, the exhibition showcases the largest gathering of real objects and original tattoo artwork ever assembled in the UK. Cutting edge designers, leading academics and major private collectors have all come together to tell a story that challenges long-standing myths and preconceptions.

The exhibition features items from three of the most important private collections of tattoo material in Britain – belonging to Paul ‘Rambo’ Ramsbottom, Willie Robinson, and Jimmie Skuse. Delving into previously unseen private archives that reveal hidden histories, the exhibition includes the incredible story of Britain’s pioneering female tattoo artist, Jessie Knight, who was mentored by the world-famous, Chatham-based, Charlie Bell.


The Historic Dockyard Chatham

Entry Price

Admission fee applies