From Maritime Heroes to World Art

Deck hand, beach boy or famous artist? Who can tell the difference these days? Tattoos were once reserved for Nyhavn’s hard-core sailors. Now, however, sports stars, pop idols and TV hosts have revolutionized our bodily forms of expression and made ink drawings on the body cool for everyone. This summer’s large-scale exhibition, Tattoo, takes a close look at a visual phenomenon that is a prominent feature of contemporary life. It presents the history of tattoos: from the world’s oldest still functioning tattoo shop at no. 17 Nyhavn to “Ink Hans” and “Tattoo Ole”, renowned among mariners and royalty across the world, concluding with today’s artists who reveal our darkest secrets in drawings all over the human body.

Historical section of exhibition features Danish tattooists: Miss Roxy, Niels Fischer, Tattoo Peter, Tattoo Jack, Ole the Tattooist and Tattoo Jim among others.

The cultural and artistic section includes contributions from: Jacob Dahlstrup (DK), Wim Delvoye (BE), Henric Beckenäs Nielsen (SE), Bernard (DK), Douglas Gordon (UK/DE), Jan Grarup (DK), Jan S. Hansen (DK), Morten Hemmingsen (DK), Angelique Houtkamp (NL), Shelley Jackson (US), Kim Joon (KR), Henning Jørgensen (DK), Dr. Lakra (MX), Wes Lang (US), Uncle Allan (DK), Ryan McGinley (US), Dorte Naomi (DK), Jon Nordstrøm (DK), Michael Norre (DK), San Poggio (AR) og Duke Riley (US), Judd Ripley (AU/DK), Nils Vest (DK) og Amanda Wachob (US) among others.

Tattoo – From Maritime Heroes to World Art is curated by Liberty Paterson and writer Jon Nordstrøm in collaboration with Brandts.