Tattoo art by Ami Klatt owner of The Coven Tattoo Parlour in Dryden, Ontario. (Photo courtesy of Ami Klatt)Eric Shih, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Jul 19, 2022 at 13:10

By Eric Shih, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

DRYDEN — Dryden’s museum is looking to attract new museum goers with a new exhibit on tattooing that opens Tuesday.

The show entitled “My Story, My Tattoo,” comes from Wellington County Museum and Archives in southern Ontario. It showcases the personal body art of people and tells their stories through images, videos, and text.

“It shows, the connection, their story and the artwork they put on their body,” said Michelle Walter, the coordinator for the City of Dryden’s museum.

The exhibit is also paired with photos of tattoos and displays of tattooing equipment loaned from local studios, she said.

“We want to stay relevant to our community and its different interests,” said Walter. “[It is] a great exhibit to try and bring in a different group of people from our town into the museum. Remind them that we’re here.”

Tattooing and body art is fairly popular in Dryden with four studios in town, said Walter. She added that as someone who gets tattoos herself, “I know they are all fairly busy and all loved very much by the community.”

The museum will also host a tattoo artist talk on Friday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Local tattoo artist Ami Klatt will do a formal discussion about tattooing and answer some questions in order to give a better idea of the artistry behind tattoos and process involved.

Walter said she will also speak about the don’ts for tattoos. “I know that we’ve all heard of tattoo horror stories in the past. Like getting someone’s initials on you and then having to get them covered up.”

She said that people should be aware that some of the stories cover sensitive topics including domestic abuse and that there is some semi-nudity based on the type of tattoos displayed.

Fairly popular. She said exhibits are planned out three years in advance and align with the city’s strategic plan.

Admission to the museum is $3 and free for members.

This item reprinted with permission from The Source, Thunder Bay, Ontario