Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Baltimore Ink

There's something you may not know about me. I am obsessed with tattoos. Now, it's not just the every day tattoo - I love the ones that flow over the body like they were meant to be there. And for me personally, I like the act of having a tattoo made as a ritual, mark of time, or rite of passage.

Which is why I was so excited to hear about Baltimore Ink at the BMA. Held in conjunction with the exhibition Meditations on African Art: Pattern, the event begins with a brief introduction by the exhibition curator Karen Milbourne, linking the tradition of body art in Africa with the current fascination with tattoos. This will be followed with a talk about the state of tattoo art, and a runway show. A tattoo runway show? WOW!

The BMA is also sponsoring a contest for best tattoo design based on a work of art in the museum. So cool. More details at the BMA website.