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#RomInk - TATTOOS: Ritual.Identity.Obsession.Art

#ROMink – Tattoos. Ritual. Identity. Obsession

Earlier today we stopped into the Royal Ontario Museum for a quick media-only look into the brand new #ROMink exhibit. To say that we were impressed, would be a drastic understatement. 

#ROMink is a showcasing of the deep history of tattooing that features works from some of the world’s most renowned tattooists including Horiyoshi III, Xed Lehead, Ed Hardy, Paul Booth, Yann Black, and more. It examines the intertwined connection behind tattoo cultures, their connections with humanity, and spiritual meanings & obsessions over the 5,000 year history of the practice.

The exhibit was curated by the ROM’s Chris Darling, Kenneth Lister, and Anne and Julienne of HEY! Pop Culture – the initial curators of the event at the Musée du quai Branly.

The morning started with a meet & greet and overview of the exhibit from the museum’s CEO, head executives, and the exhibits curators. We were delightfully surprised to hear that after only 2 days of holding his position, Josh Basseches (CEO), is looking forward to a future of new and experimental exhibits at the museum, the first of which is Tattoos. Ritual. Identity. Obsession. 

The exhibit was originally held at the Musée du quai Branly by Stephane Martin and drew over 12 million visitors in it’s duration. It will be launched in Toronto on April 2nd and run until September 5th.

Take a look at the schedule of events for #ROMink below, and some images from the event.

Cedric Arnold - Portrait 6

©Cedric Arnold, 2011

Cedric Arnold - Untitled 2

©Cedric Arnold, 2011

Horizontal Torso

©Tin-Tin, 2013

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©Isabel Munoz

Tattooed Leg

©Chime, 2013

Fang-od Oggay


©musée du quai Branly

©musée du quai Branly

Tattooed Torse

New Zealand Mask

©musée du quai Branlymusée du quai Branly, photo Thierry Ollivier, Michel Urtado

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©musée du quai BranlyIsabel Munoz



Schedule of special events

On top of daily visits as of April 2nd, the Royal Ontario Musuem will also be holding the following special events during the #ROMink tenure.


The Art of Ink – Tuesday April 5th

Friday Night Live – Friday April 29th

Retracing The Lines Of Inuit Tattoos – Tuesday May 10th

Borneo: Explorations of Nature And Culture – Thursday May 26th

Culture Heritage Of Indigenous Tattooing: Medicine, Myth, Magic, and Meaning – Tuesday June 14th

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