Tatoueurs, tatoués

Art , Sculpture
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Isabel Muñoz, 'Portrait de Maras', 2006 / © Isabel Muñoz
Tatouage japonais traditionnel / © Photo : Tatttooinjapan.com / Martin Hladik
Tatouage japonais traditionnel / © Photo : Tatttooinjapan.com / Martin Hladik
Marine Corps, Bull Dog, Etats-Unis / © Collection Sailor Jerry T.
Titine Leu, 'Artoria Circus Lady', 2000 / © The Leu Family's Family Iron
Hambourg, 1966 / Photo : Schwarz-Weiß / © Courtesy Herbert Hoffmann and Galerie Gebr. Lehmann, Dresden/Berlin
Jake Verzosa, 'La dernière femme Kalinga tatouée', 2011 / © Jake Verzosa
Local Fashion in Kad Luang Market / © Dow Wasiksiri
Photographe anonyme, 'Women wearing tattoos and costumes' / © CORBIS pour Bettmann - http://www.corbisimages.com
Toyohara Kunichika, 'Deux acteurs de Kabuki jouant une scène de duel dans un décor d'hiver', 1835-1900 / © musée du quai Branly / Photo : Claude Germain
Le capitaine Costentenus tatoué par l'ordre de Yakoob-Beg, France, XIXe siècle / © Fonds Dutailly, Ville de Chaumont

After organising two exhibitions of 'outsider art' at the Halle Saint-Pierre, the team behind HEY! magazine are now bringing tattoos to the Musée du Quai Branly. Covering vintage images and contemporary projects, the curators attempt to explore the evolution of body art through the ages, from its traditional mystical and social functions in Africa, Asia and Oceania to the mark of personal style and identity that it has become today in many urban centres. Using works created specially for the occasion, and emphasising the artistic aspect of the practice rather than its sociological or anthropological dimension, 'Tatouers, tatoués' should give a healthy boost to tattoo appreciation in the serious art world. And quite right.

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