TATTOO: The Renaissance of Body Art

Lighthouse ArtCenter presents TATTOO: The Renaissance of Body Art, featuring original art by Ed Hardy & Custom Motorcycles by Ron Finch.

In the last fifty five years a revival of ink on skin has swept through cultures worldwide. This art form once considered the domain of ancient tribes, hardy sailors, and drunken servicemen is experiencing rebirth due to the genius of fine artists and new technology. During this once in a lifetime exhibition visitors will be able to view original art by giants like Ed Hardy and Sailor Jerry, or Ron Finch, who is known world-wide for his outrageous custom motorcycles.

Greg King, Lucky Supply Tattoo Museum
Greg King, Lucky Supply Tattoo Museum

“To host the artwork of these giants of our time is a rare opportunity for any institution,” said Nancy Politsch, Executive Director. “The Lighthouse ArtCenter is expanding through world-class exhibitions and a capital campaign to double our space. We are meeting the demands of the young and young-at-heart in our community.”

Napolitano, Claudio Tattoo Artist Stefano Alcantara LG
Napolitano, Claudio Tattoo Artist Stefano Alcantara LG

The tattoo industry has witnessed a shift as fine artists have taken tattooing to a new level and conversely, tattoo artists have picked up the paintbrush to create fine art. The cosmic consciousness of the creative class extends forward and back through time and now we are left to wonder; is body art that of ritual or rebellion? Tribal, outsider, or is it a place where the elite and the underground meet? We’ll get the chance to decide for ourselves when we experience the “Nearly Nude” Runway Show produced by Bosha Stone, with garments designed to accentuate the artistic tattoos on the runway models.

Lublinski, Diane Tattoo Sculpture JM Artwork by Ed Hardy

“Two old friends, Stephen Stone of Hobe Sound and Ed Hardy, of Honolulu, Hawaii worked together in a studio when they were young. When Stephen brought his idea of a Tattoo show to the Lighthouse ArtCenter, we were immediately engaged,” said Janeen Mason, Curator. “Custom motorcycles seemed like a good fit. A lifetime ago, when I discovered Ron Finch and his custom motorcycle shop, I could not have dreamed of this opportunity to exhibit his sensuous rolling creations.

Double Cross by Finchs Custom
Double Cross by Finchs Custom

The Lighthouse ArtCenter galleries chronicles the art of tattoo with antique equipment and vintage flash including primitive, tribal, Japanese, and Americana. Additionally, colorful contemporary, black and grey and photographic images are on display. A nationwide Call to Artists is providing a sensational array of 2D and 3D tattoo inspired work, and most of this artwork will be available for purchase.

Sailor being tattooed pic Lucky Supply Tattoo Museum
Sailor being tattooed pic Lucky Supply Tattoo Museum
Until November 2, 2019
Lighthouse ArtCenter
373 Tequesta Drive, Tequesta, Florida (USA)
www.lighthousearts.org

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