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Posted on: February 5, 2015


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February 5, 2015
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The Culture of Tattoos

Tattoo enthusiasts are invited to join us for the Stories Skin Deep Series – The Culture of Tattoos in the month of March that includes a photography exhibit, lectures, and a Living Art Event at the Calvert Marine Museum. This Stories Skin Deep Series explores the connections between ancient tattoo practices, the maritime influence in spreading the practice, and modern take on “inking.”

Tattoo artists and individuals are invited to submit photographs of their tattoos - personal, symbolic, or mystical. Selected images will be shared on the museum’s Stories Skin Deep Website Gallery. Up to 20 images will be selected for display in the Photography Exhibit: Personal Tattoo Stories in the lobby from March 1 – 31, 2015. All appropriate entries will be posted digitally. The deadline is Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions must be made online. Visit for more information and to submit your entry.

Dr. Lars Krutak, Tattoo Anthropologist at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, will present More Than Skin Deep: The History and Practice of Tattoos on Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m. Lars began research on this ancient art form 19 years ago and in 2002 embarked on a world tour devoted to recording the lives, stories, and experiences of tattooed people around the globe. “Although his credentials and biography abound with accomplishments and academic achievements, Lars, has done as much or more than anyone in the world of tattoos to establish its credibility, its meaning and its history than anyone alive today.” Bob Baxter, SKIN & INK MAGAZINE (USA).

Jay F. Coleman, Special Educator, Artist, Tattoo Artist/Lecturer, will present Exploring the Connection between Modern Tattoo Art and the Maritime Tradition on Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. An educator for over 20 years, Coleman began his lectures at the Smithsonian Museum and in Washington, DC area schools and community programs. An advocate for the arts and children with exceptional needs, he has inspired parents and students alike with his sensitivity and celebration of the human spirit. Coleman founded Tatt2able Dermal Arts Studio in 2013 and was the official tattoo artist for the “Will to Adorn” exhibit at the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival. He lectures about embracing tattoo culture, the process, risks, and cultural/societal implications of the inked lifestyle.

On Saturday, March 21 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. attend the Stories Skin Deep Living Art Event. Enjoy an evening featuring tattoo competitions, photo displays, personal stories, demonstrations, door prizes, and displays by local tattoo studios King of the Bay Tattoo and Red Octopus Tattoos, and showing of the films Hori Smoku and Tattoo Nation. Finger foods will be served, along with a Cash Bar. Tickets are $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. This promises to be a date night not to be missed. Must be 18 or over to attend. No smoking or “vaping” inside the venue. Buy tickets today at

For more information about the Stories Skin Deep Series, contact Sherrod Sturrock at 410-326-2042, ext. 32.

Photos Attached: Dr. Lars Krutak, Jay Coleman and Stories Skin Deep Logo attached


The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $9.00 for adults, $7.00 for seniors, military with valid I.D. and AAA members, and $4.00 for children ages 5 - 12; children under 5 and museum members are always admitted free. For more information about the museum, upcoming events, or membership, visit the website at or call 410-326-2042. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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