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The Original Gus Wagner: The Maritime Roots of Modern Tattoo
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Jan 29, 2017 - Jun 04, 2017
12 Fulton St.
New York, NY 10038
212-748-8600
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5-8 GradeHigh School
'The Original Gus Wagner: The Maritime Roots of Modern Tattoo' explores Augustus 'Gus' Wagner's (American, 1872-1941) early life as a merchant mariner and tattoo artist who traveled the world, from 1898-1902, and his return to the United States as a professional tattooist and tattooed man. The exhibition will show original and reproduced artifacts from the Seaport Museum's Alan Govenar and Kaleta Doolin Tattoo Collection such as tattooing tools, a selection of tattoo flashes (drawings and sketches, on recycled paper based materials, displaying variations of tattoo designs) and a selection of pages from the artist's scrapbook - a 400 page book composed of press clippings, postcards, business cards, sketches, and photographs, that relate to his introduction to tattooing as a sailor.
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