Tattoo exhibit headed to Field Museum in fall

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Friday, July 15, 2016

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Field Museum will unveil a special exhibition called 'Tattoo' in October focusing on tattooing around the world throughout history.

The exhibition will open on October 21 and run until April 30, 2017. It was initially developed by Paris's Musee du Quai Branly and features 170 objects demonstrating the history of tattooing including historical artifacts and intricate contemporary designs tattooed onto silicone models of the human body.

The Field will supplement the exhibit with objects from its own collection.

"We have some incredible artifacts related to tattooing in different cultures, and we'll be including some in the exhibition," explained exhibition project manager Janet Hong. "We're also working on some elements of the exhibition that will be specific to tattooing in Chicago."

Tattooing goes back more than 5,000 years with methods varying wildly across time and place.