DANISH TATTOO ART – 100 Years of Tattoo History

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May 23rd – June 28th -Photo exhibition of 100 years of Danish Tattoo history.

The exhibition will show the development of tattooing in Denmark from 1885 to 1985. The exhibition is curated by Jon Nordstrøm and Liberty Paterson, with the expert support of the tattoo artist, Frank Rosenkilde belairtattoo.dk.

Tuesdays and Saturdays 1-7 pm it is possible to get your own sailor tattoo in the exhibition Hall at The Round Tower. For pre-booking please contact Frank Rosenkilde belairtattoo@live.dk or take a chance and just drop-in like in the old days.

A director’s cut version of Jon Nordstrøm’s book Danish Tattooing will be published for the exhibition.



In Scandinavia, broadly speaking, tattooing as we know it today started in Copenhagen at the end of the 19th century, specifically in the harbour of Nyhavn, adjacent to the square of Kongens Nytorv.  This is where, for more than a century, mariners, ladies of the night and drunken Swedes had little nautical motifs marked into their skin by the tattoo artist’s spinning machine. After the 2nd World War tattooing became more widespread, with more and more people getting tattooed. But it was not until the 1980s that the motifs “left behind” the sailor, starting to resemble more what we would recognise today.