16 May 2019

Museums at Night: Tattoo Live

With live music and live tattooing, this Museums at Night will be an unforgettable chance to experience M Shed after-hours.

A man's heavily tattooed backJimmie Tatts and Marcos Attwood from Skin Deep will be giving live tattoo demonstrations. Skin Deep is a world-famous studio in Bristol and Jimmie and Marcos are the newest addition to the crew. They specialise in a traditional style based on the work of legendary Bristol tattooist, Les Skuse.

Sit down with artists from Purple Rose Tattoo for a friendly chat. Discuss ideas for a new tattoo, ask them about their work and see examples of their designs.

If tattoos feel a bit too permanent for you, get a beautiful henna design with Meena Malda and Ankita Patel.

Brad Cowen and Dave Allen from the coolest barbershop in town, Harry Blades & Angry Dave’s will be showcasing the art of classic barbering skills from buzzcuts to hot towel shaves. Sit back with a pint and get a free haircut or grooming treatment (first come basis).

Watch as the hugely talented Painted Peach takes inspiration from traditional tattoo designs to transform her model into a classic 50s pin-up.

A man having his haircut by a barber

You’ll also be able to design and make your own vintage tattoo-style poster with the team from Cato Press – a print collective in Easton.

DJ Oddsocks will be spinning the best rock ‘n’ roll tunes alongside sets from not one, not two, but three live bands:
Hamartia – female fronted melodic rock from Cornwall.
IOTA – hypnotic alt-rock from five Bristolians.
INDIGOs – a heavy pop trio from Bristol.

The bar will be open (of course!) so grab yourself a drink, browse vintage stalls, visit our fantastic Tattoo exhibition and look out for roving circus performers.

Stalls include Rough Trade, Federation Piercing, Recession Vintage Clothing, Charlotte Clark Ceramics and our own Tattoo exhibition merchandise.

This Museums at Night promises to be an incredible evening whether you’re covered in ink or simply tattoo curious.

Tickets include entry into Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed.

Museums at Night is a national festival of ‘lates’ in museums and galleries. It takes place twice a year: May and October.

Additional information

Concessions are available with proof of identity for students, people over 65, unemployed people, disabled people (carers free) and Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives.

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