Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories

Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories


What’s in a tattoo? What tattoo would you choose to remember your loved ones if you were travelling across the world never to return? Is our very own ‘generation ink’ heading towards a future of tattoo regret? This questions are all to be discussed at the Museum of Brisbane’s event Convict Tattoos: Skin Stories.

Historian Jenny Harrison and documentary-maker Ed Howson are heading up a conversation that explores the history and symbology of tattoos in 19th century colonial Britain, the evolution of the art form and what its current ubiquity tells us about society today. From navigation tools, religious symbology, jugs of beer, initials and love poems to loved ones left behind, convict tattoos reveal stories of heartache, seafaring and endurance. As inking is becoming increasingly popular, this is the opportunity to learn about the origins and the historical values of the meaning of tattoos.

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