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Skin Deep

Join Dr Matt Lodder, tattoo historian, and Alex Binnietattoo artist, for an in-depth exploration of tattoos. The workshop will begin with a presentation about the history and practicalities of tattooing, followed by a group discussion. Then try your hand at the initial stages of designing a tattoo stencil!

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.


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Start date
19 October 2018