Tatau will examine the history of permanent skin marking with a focus on Pacific Island culture and will feature live tattooing by three international and Australian tattoo artists. Tatau is a keynote project of Craft Cubed, Craft’s annual festival, and is part of Craft’s larger focus on traditional arts from the Pacific Islands.

Art Exhibition previously on at The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Saturday 04 August 2012 to Sunday 02 September 2012

Jog tattooed by Tricia Allen image

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Monday 06 August 2012.
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Throughout Tatau, visitors will learn about the history and craft of tattoos with displays showcasing tattooing tools from the traditional to the contemporary. Renowned tattooists Tricia Allen (Hawaii), Pat Morrow (Brisbane) and Simon Wilson (Melbourne) will present a variety of free public lectures and floor talks to reflect on the integral role of tattooing in Polynesian culture.

Visitors are also invited to participate in ‘live tattooing’ at NGV Studio (advanced bookings required, visit craftvic.org.au for further information). Loketi Nuia Latu, Guest Curator, said: “Those who visit Tatau may even be lured into leaving with a distinct permanent skin adornment that can be taken with you to the after-life, like the Polynesians of old.”

NGV Studio is open Sun–Wed, 10am–5pm and Thu–Sat, 10am–10pm. Entry is free. Tatau is a collaboration between the NGV and Craft.