An exhibition marking the historical past of Britain’s tattoo historical past – together with a wall of 100 silicon palms adorned by main artists – has gone on show.
Organisers say the show at Cornwall’s Nationwide Maritime Museum is the most important assortment of British tattoo-related objects ever assembled.
There are additionally sections of tattooed human pores and skin which were preserved, and recreated tattoo studios from completely different many years of the 20th Century.
The present is on till January 2018.
Co-curator Dr Matt Lodder mentioned tattooing had been a “fixed presence in British social historical past” because the early 17th Century.
“It is not a contemporary pattern,” he added.
“If it is a craze it has been occurring for 150 years.”
Doc Worth, who regarded as the world’s oldest residing tattoo artist on the age of 85, mentioned the brand new exhibition was “crucial”.
He mentioned: “There is not a fantastic understanding of the custom of British tattooing as a result of most of our tattooing was based mostly on what we thought was introduced from the Orient or from the Polynesian nations.
“We at all times thought that was correct tattooing however now now we have developed it to a really excessive stage.”