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Tattoos - The History of Body Ink

Gold Nugget Museum

Though our opening night event has passed... the Gold Nugget Museum continues its exhibit series withTattoos: The Art of Body Ink. Circus, military, jailhouse, and current popular tattoos are featured. Admission is free with a suggested donation. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 12pm to 4pm. Join us for a self-guided, or docent led tour of the exhibit. For groups tours, please call 530-872-8722.

May 23, 2018 - August 12, 2018

Gold Nugget Museum
502 Pearson Rd
Paradise, CA 95969
 (530) 872-8722

Tattoos: The History of Body Ink. Tattooing—the introduction of pigment through ruptures in the skin—dates back to prehistoric times. The word itself derives from the Tahitian “tatau,” first recorded during James Cook’s 1769 expedition.

The exhibit features a replica tattoo parlor, along with a history of the art of tattooing. Some of the most striking examples of tattoos are highlighted, including the Tebori style from Japan and the Ta Moko, or Maori tattoo from New Zealand. Circus, military, jailhouse, and current popular tattoos are also featured, along with information on the tattoo process, health and safety aspects, and removal. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and in the case of tattoos, it is an extremely personal and permanent art form.

The Gold Nugget Museum is located at 502 Pearson Road in Paradise.

Gold Nugget Museum

The Gold Nugget Museum was incorporated as Gold Nugget Days Inc. in 1973. Its mission is to preserve and protect the Ridge heritage through the collection and display of local artifacts, and with co…

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