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Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History

AUDIENCE: Adults, Teens

RENTAL FEE: $1,000 + shipping for an 8-week booking

SIZE: 800 sq. ft. with interactives

SECURITY:  Limited


Reach new audiences with this timely exhibit exploring the history of inked women and how they’ve shaped tattoo culture in the Golden State.

Almost a quarter of American women now have tattoos, while over a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 wear permanent skin art.

From the upper-class women who started the tattoo craze to the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows, this exhibit puts the foremothers of modern tattooing in the spotlight. Through photographs and personal histories, this exhibit uncovers the fascinating and largely unknown story of women and tattoos before WWII. A show-stopping mannequin, hand-drawn by current Bay Area female tattoo artists and specially commissioned for this show, highlights how far women and tattooing have come.

The exhibition is divided into the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Native Ink
  • Wealthy Women and the Tattoo Craze
  • Tattooed Ladies (Circus Sideshow Performers)
  • Female Tattoo Artists
  • The Mechanics of Tattooing
  • Tattooing After World War II

Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy in partnership with the Hayward Area Historical Society and History San Jose.

The exhibition includes:

  • 18 images on canvas (12”x18” and smaller) with accompanying labels
  • 1 introductory panel, 7 section panels, and numerous secondary panels
  • 1 mannequin featuring the work of contemporary female Bay Area tattoo artists
  • Digital Spanish translation of the exhibition script
  • Exhibition press kit with digital images and social media templates
  • Suggestions and templates for low-budget interactives

TOP: O Che Che and her chin tattoos, photograph by Edward Curtis, courtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-109712. SECOND: Maud Stevens Wagner, c. 1907, courtesy of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress, LC-USZ6-1545; Ruth Weyland, n.d., courtesy of Spider Webb; Mannequin featuring the work of contemporary female tattoo artists. BOTTOM: Interactives in Tattooed and Tenacious, installed at the Hayward Area Historical Society.


July 9, 2015 – September 9, 2015 Hayward Area Historical Society, Hayward
March 20, 2016 – December 31, 2016 History San Jose (Pasetta House), San Jose
February 26, 2017 – April 23, 2017 Cal State Fullerton (Dept. of Anthropology Teaching Museum), Fullerton
May 7, 2017 – July 23, 2017 (13 weeks)
July 16, 2017 – September 10, 2017 AVAILABLE
August 13, 2017 – October 8, 2017 AVAILABLE
October 22, 2017 – December 17, 2017
December 31, 2017 – March 11, 2018
Community Memorial Museum of Sutter County, Yuba City
March 25, 2018 - May 28, 2018 Mt. Shasta Sisson Museum, Mt. Shasta
June 10, 2018 – August 19, 2018 (10 weeks) Maidu Library, Roseville
September 2, 2018 – December 30, 2018 (17 weeks)
Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Oxnard
January 20, 2019 – March 17, 2019 AVAILABLE
March 31, 2019 – May 26, 2019 AVAILABLE
June 9, 2019 – August 4, 2019 AVAILABLE
August 18, 2019 – October 13, 2019 AVAILABLE
October 27, 2019 – December 22, 2019 AVAILABLE