Last week my kids and I visited Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut. We're members, and it really is an excellent place to visit, although we usually skip the village part and focus on the boats, the playscape, and the inside exhibits, which always include something interesting. Skin and Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor is there for a few more weeks, and while I'd like to get back and have a bit more time with it, I'm glad I didn't miss it entirely.
The exhibit is full of flash--tattoo design samples--including some in books. My 7yo, who loves dragons, wanted a photo of this one. Again, although the artist's name was displayed along with the book, I don't know it.
But I don't intend to say these are inspiration for a third tattoo; they're too big for me. But they are inspiring--the designs, the artwork, the level of skill and detail. Just to be able to draw that on paper, never mind transfer it in ink to someone's skin--it's an art and a craft and a skill. And if I leave an exhibit feeling inspired to draw based on what I saw, that's pretty cool all by itself.
What about you? Are you a tattoo person, or not so much?