Tattoo Art at the center of bold new Paris exhibition

May 21, 2023

Once confined to prisoners and social underclasses, tattoos are a well-accepted body art form today. The musée du Quai Branly is celebrating this foray into the mainstream with a new exhibition on the history of tattoo art. We take you inside a profession that has radically changed in 20 years.

From denigration to loyalty to identity, the exhibition takes visitors on a tour of how different civilisations and cultures have used tattoos to mark its cultural stamp and enter the mainstream.

As we find out, the soaring popularity of tattoo art today has radically changed the profession – and not always for the better.