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South Street Seaport Museum Free Virtual Talk From Mummies to Mariners: A Conversation on Tattoo History

Jul 22 | Wed |

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South Street Seaport Museum announces From Mummies to Mariners: A Conversation on Tattoo History on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 from 4:00pm-5:00pm EDT. Sign up to reserve a spot at Tickets to this virtual program are free but reservation is required.

Join us for a virtual talk about the history of tattooing through the ages, with a glimpse at some early 20th century artifacts from the South Street Seaport Museum's collection. Daredevil Tattoo co-founder Michelle Myles will discuss the history of this art form from prehistoric tattooed mummies and the Roman age, to the 1770s voyages of James Cook and tattooing in America, until today. Moderated by Martina Caruso, Seaport Museum Director of Collections, the talk will include a showcase of digital artifacts from the Museum's Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection organized by our Collections and Curatorial Assistant Michelle Kennedy. 

The talk will familiarize viewers with the history of tattooing within different time periods and cultures, and make the case for the importance of researching, documenting, and preserving tattoo cultural heritage.

About The Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection at the South Street Seaport Museum The Seaport Museum's Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection examines the life and work of Augustus "Gus" Wagner (American, 1872-1941). Wagner traveled the world as a merchant mariner and tattoo artist from 1898-1902, and then pursued a career as a professional tattoo artist and tattooed man, traveling across the United States, including New York City, between 1903-1941. The collection is the most comprehensive of a single American tattoo artist during the turn of the century.

About Michelle Myles and Daredevil Tattoo Museum Daredevil Tattoo opened in 1997, on Ludlow Street on the Lower East Side, when tattooing was legalized in New York City. Daredevil Tattoo features several artists working in all different styles of tattooing, as well as a Museum of Tattoo History with a world class collection of tattoo artifacts focusing on the history of tattooing in New York City. Daredevil Tattoo co-owner Michelle Myles started tattooing in 1991 when tattooing was still illegal in New York City. Michelle is also a tattoo historian who leads walking tours of early New York City tattooing. For more information visit

About the South Street Seaport Museum The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of the South Street Seaport Historic District in New York City, preserves and interprets the history of New York as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the Museum houses an extensive collection of works of art and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and education spaces, working nineteenth century print shops, and an active fleet of historic vessels that all work to tell the story of "Where New York Begins." #SouthStreetSeaportMuseum #WhereNewYorkBegins @SouthStreetSeaportMuseum – Facebook @seaportmuseum – Instagram @seaportmuseum - Twitter

Venue: South Street Seaport Museum

380 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10013 Map