Tattoos Kingston Museum

A celebration of Kingston’s tattoo culture at Kingston Museum

3 March -15 April 2017

From Ötzi the Neolithic iceman to footballer David Beckham; across the globe the practise of tattooing has stood the test of time.

This exhibition will explore the change and diversity of tattoo history and culture. We will reveal how Kingston played an integral part in the history of British tattooing with the help of a local resident. New artwork created by some of Kingston’s talented tattoo artists, inspired by the history and culture of the town, will be presented in the exhibition along with photographs of tattoos by Kingston University student David Hadland. The exhibition also examines how the local community perceives tattoo culture, giving visitors the chance to join the debate.

Ink in Kingston aims to present the beauty of tattooing whilst challenging perceptions of its culture and ultimately illustrating why Kingston is such a vibrant place.
Don’t miss the Romanian ‘tattooed’ Easter eggs on loan from the Horniman Museum and Gardens!

In cooperation with the Kingston Museum Young People’s Board.

Associated events

9 March 2017: Lecture: Sutherland Mcdonald:

Victorian tattooist of Surbiton
By Dr. Matt Lodder, University of Essex, Lecturer in Contemporary Art and Visual Culture & expert in the history of tattooing. 7pm

3 – 31 March 2017: Ink in Kingston: Special events

To celebrate the creative inking talent of the Borough the Museum will host a series of creative events, talks and more! Please see the Museum website for more details.

30 March 2017 Life Drawing with a Difference: Tattooed Bodies

Join Art Macabre for a life drawing workshop dedicated to tattooed bodies. You will also get to try drawing directly onto our human canvas. Suitable to 18+, all levels of drawing experience and beginners welcome. Call Museum to book. 7-9pm. £

1 – 17 April 2017: Easter Eggstravaganza

Come along and celebrate spring with our seasonal fun! There will be free craft activities, Thumbs up it’s Thursday activities, and our annual Easter Egg Hunt, too. Ages 5+, younger siblings are welcome.

3 March-15 April:

Display of Romanian ‘Tattooed’ Easter eggs on loan from Horniman Museum.

Events are free and no need to book, unless stated (£).

  • Opening times

    Monday, closed
    Tuesday, 10am to 5pm
    Wednesday, closed
    Thursday, 10am to 7pm
    Friday, 10am to 5pm
    Saturday, 10am to 5pm
    Sunday, closed
    Closed bank holidays, Christmas Eve and Good Friday to Easter Monday

  • Address

    Wheatfield Way
    Kingston upon Thames
    KT1 2PS