Until October 18, the Musée du Quai Branly (quaibranly.fr) in Paris hosts “Tatouers* Tatouées” exhibition presenting the artistic side of the design on the skin.
The tattoo is a rite of passage, a sign of belonging or exclusion, an aesthetic act or of rebellion and, over time, has become a real fashion phenomenon. The French capital celebrates this practice, consecrating it to a true form of art.
From the mummy Otzi found in Europe and dated back 4500 years ago, which is the oldest body with tattoos (57 to be precise), to Julius Caesar; from the Chicana aesthetic to the Chinese Derung, from Japan of the seventeenth century with Hokusai and Kuniyoshi to the native America of Iroquois and Acolapissas up to now. The element that has always linked the tattoo to the different cultures of the world is its universal language and its ability to be recognized as a secret code, a common treasure of all mankind, something to be discovered and that could reveal any private and social message.
In the halls of the Musée du Quai Branly will be exhibited 300 historical and contemporary works and among them we can find photographs, antiques, prints, sketches and prototypes representing human body parts,expressly tattooed for the occasion by the masters of this art as Tin-Tin, famous French tattoo artist of the celebrities and also the artistic advisor of this exhibition, Horiyoshi III – Japan (horiyoshi3tattoo.com), Filip Leu – Switzerland (leufamilyiron.com), Jack Rudy – USA, Xed LeHead – UK (xedtattoo.com) and Chimé – Polynesia.
The two curators of the exhibition, Anne and Julien, who are also the founders of the magazine Hey! Modern art & pop culture, with this exhibition paid tribute to the pioneers of the modern era, to those heroes who were responsible for the mutation of the tattoo concept from a brute act to an artistic one.
Each tattoo, from the first ones made 5,000 years ago to those realized every day in the tattoo studio, tell a story and the life of those that “wear” every day on their own skin this indelible mark, but at the same time represent a chapter in the history of art that blends with that of aesthetic, cultural and social changes. The tattoo is a timeless art and refers to each of us as part of a universal design.