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Virtual History Happy Hour- “Tattooed and Tenacious: Conversation with the Curator”


Almost a quarter of American women have permanent ink, compared to just 19% of men. Younger people are even more likely to be tattooed, as more than a third of Americans between the ages of 18 and 40 have skin art. But, what about the first women to get tattooed? Who were they, and why did they get inked?

They came from across the U.S. and crossed class lines. From the society women who followed trends, to the working-class women who worked in circus sideshows, American women have always had an intimate and fascinating relationship with tattoos. Join Amy Cohen, the curator of traveling exhibit “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History,” as she highlights just a few of the adventurous women who lived, worked, and tattooed in the West prior to World War II.

About Our Presenter

Amy Cohen is the Executive Director of Exhibit Envoy, a California-based nonprofit that creates and travels exhibits for small museums, libraries, and cultural centers. She is also the curator of “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History,” which has been hosted by 12 different California institutions. Cohen earned her B.A. in History (summa cum laude) from the College of Wooster in Ohio and her M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University.


How to Register

Registration for this event is free via Eventbrite. Once you register, you will be sent information about how to access the webinar on the event date, including a Zoom link. A reminder with that same link will be sent to you 24 hours before the event.

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We are accepting donations for this event. If you are able to contribute today, we ask that you use this option to register. We understand that not everyone is in the position to make a donation today, but if you are, we suggest a donation of $5-$10.

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