16 March—16 June 2019
British Tattoo Art Revealed: Bristol's Tattoo Stories
Are you from Bristol and do you have tattoos? Do they tell an interesting story, represent a significant moment in your life or do they just look incredible?
Next year at M Shed we’re opening an exhibition called Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed. It’s a ground-breaking and comprehensive history of British tattooing.
We’d like to talk to you about your experiences and hear the stories of your tattoos. We may use the content you provide on our social media channels and some of the most interesting tales will be selected for inclusion in the exhibition itself.
Your involvement will help make our exhibition truly representative of Bristol’s rich tattoo culture.
To participate, please fill in and submit the form below along with some good quality images of your tattoo.
Tell us your tattoo tale
My mum is Australian and in our garden there we always see hummingbirds flying about, so it’s a reminder of family and home. I also thought it would look cool!
Julia – student in Bristol
In 2010 It was discovered that a tumour was occupying my brain, after it was promptly and successfully removed, my intensive rehabilitation begun. At the very end of 2012 I was exploring New Zealand in a successful attempt to regain my independence. I was helping set up a 10 day festival in New Zealand, for the symbolic 21/12/12, Christmas and the new year. At the beginning of my stay on site (about 1 week before the festival began) I noticed a carving of a koru. It stunned me and I just stared into it for a while. Being very interested in the design I asked one of the residents if they knew its meaning and was told that it symbolised “the inner journey”. Which I felt I was particularly on, and have continued to feel that way.
In that moment of first discovering its meaning I knew that I wanted it as a tattoo so upon my return to the UK I visited my friend Jon, who as long as I have known has been involved in art and tattoos. He was very keen on the design and had his own ideas connected to it, but we were both too busy to arrange a date before my wedding so he painted the design and gave us it as a wedding present with the intention of doing it as a tattoo when appropriate. So within the next year we met up and did the tattoo on the Isle of Wight. Often when I gaze at the tattoo thinking of its meaning, I reflect and ponder on my life.
Sher and Andi's Semi-Colons
A semi-colon in the world of ill mental health stands for ‘my story is not over!’
I keep fighting my depression and anxiety daily, I’m not ready to give up on my life, I have three children to care for. My daughter has a matching tattoo as she faces the same conditions.
Sher and Andi – from Southmead
It means lots of different little things to me. Dragonflies are a symbol of transformation and this was really relevant to me at the time, there was a lot of change going on in my life. It also makes me think of certain happy places and memories as a child.
Poppy – student in Bristol