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The Art History of Tattoos Dr Matt Lodder Tuesday 03 September 2019

This Lecture will challenge our preconceptions of tattooing and celebrate its rich heritage. From John White’s remarkable 16th Century watercolours of native Americans in body paint, now held at the British Museum right up to the Edwardians where King George V and the Royal family inspired the fashion for tattooing in the late 19th Century. A different lecture giving us a historical insight into a branch of decorative art which is often viewed as controversial.


Dr Matt Lodder

Dr Matt Lodder is a lecturer in contemporary art and Director of American studies at the University of Essex. His research primarily concerns the history of Western tattooing from the 17th century to present day. He has given invited Lectures at venues including the V&A, The National Museum of Scotland and the Museum of London and published several academic papers contributing to the Royal Academy and Arts Society Magazines, History Today and the Guardian and his first book The History of Western Tattooing is in production. Matt recently curated an exhibition entitled British Tattoo Art Revealed which opened at the National Maritime Falmouth in 2018 and has subsequently travelled to venues across the country.