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Tattooed New York

6 minutes 43 seconds

For more than 300 years, New York has played a central role in the development of modern tattooing, from its origins in Native American body art to the introduction of the craft by sailors in colonial New York to the three-decade tattoo ban instituted in 1961 and the subsequent underground tattoo culture. This diverse history is explored in the exhibition, ​​Tattooed New York.

In this video, hear from New York tattoo artists about the legacy of tattooing in New York history, then visit the exhibition at the New-York Historical Society. Click here to learn more.



Creative: Tronvig Group