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Skin Deep

Unfortunately this event has been cancelled, we apologise for any inconvenience.

Join Dr Matt Lodder, tattoo historian, and Alex Binnietattoo artist, for an in-depth exploration of tattoos.

- Learn about the history and practicalities of tattooing in an introductory presentation.

- Join in with a group discussion led by Dr Lodder, exploring topics such as: the relationship between art and pain; the body as medium and subject; and the process of destroying to create.

- Take part in a practical workshop led by Alex Binnie. You will be able to try your hand at the initial stages of designing a tattoo stencil, using the same materials a professional would. You could then frame it on your wall, or turn it in to a real tattoo!

Here’s some more information about our hosts:

Dr Matt Lodder is a Senior Lecturer in contemporary art and Director of American Studies at the University of Essex. His research primarily concerns the application of art-historical methods to history of Western tattooing from the 17th century to the present day, with a principal focus on the professional era from the 1880s onwards. His latest major exhibition, 'British Tattoo Art Revealed', is currently on display at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth and will tour the UK in 2019 and 2020.

Alex Binnie has been a professional tattoo artist for the past 30 years. Before beginning his practice he worked as a medical illustrator in London teaching hospitals, and as a body art performer. He has a tattoo shop in Brighton called ‘1770’ that was established in 2005.