Tattooed and Tenacious: Virtual Exhibit

Visit the virtual exhibit for Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History

From upper-class women who started the tattoo craze to the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows, this exhibit puts the foremothers of modern tattooing in the spotlight. Through photographs and personal histories, this exhibit uncovers the fascinating and largely unknown stories of women and tattoos before WWII.

  • Members only preview: July 1-July 8
  • Online exhibit available July 9- September 1, 2021
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“Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History” was originated by curator Amy Cohen at the Hayward Area Historical Society in Hayward, CA, and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.



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Photographs of Camron-Stanford House by Reenie Raschke Photography