September 01, 2015
Artists explore identity through the rich heritage of traditional tattooing
Greenlandic tattoo artist Maya Jacobsen joins Anchorage-based Iñupiaq artist Holly Nordlum this fall in an exploration of the cultural significance of traditional tattooing.
Facial and hand tattooing was common throughout the Arctic until the turn of the 20th century, before contact with missionaries whose influence discouraged the practice. A small but growing number of indigenous people from Greenland to Alaska have begun to re-evaluate traditional tattooing as a method for healing identity and reclaiming history.
Drawing inspiration from the Anchorage Museum and Smithsonian collections, Jacobsen and Nordlum will examine traditional tattoo designs and techniques. Through a series of workshops, they will work with artists and local youth to explore the heritage of tattooing by designing personalized temporary tattoos.
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10
2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12
Above the Rest Tattoo, 916 Ingra St, Anchorage, AK 99501