Mystic Seaport Examines Tattoos And Sailors
March 18, 2011
Tattoos and sailors seem to go together like peanut butter and jelly. If you don’t believe that, just take a look at Popeye’s forearms. How many other cartoon characters do you know who are tatted-up?
Now, Mystic Seaport in Connecticut is examining this connection between sailors and ink in their new exhibit, Skin and Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor.
The exhibit, which opens this Saturday, March 19, examines the historic ties between tattoo communities and seamen. The exhibit explores the symbolism and meaning of tattoos and their direct connection to a sailor’s duty. For the sailor, getting a tattoo was a rite of initiation that offered protection as well as a way of memorializing significant events. The exhibit features stories, artifacts and a video.
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