Marked By the Sea: Tattoos in the U.S. Navy at National Museum of the American Sailor
Friday, May 28, 2021 - Sunday, December 31, 2023 at Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Museum of the American Sailor 2531 Sheridan Road Great Lakes, IL 60088 Website|Map
Discover the history of tattoos with one-of-a-kind artifacts and artwork, and uncover the history behind how tattoos became a symbol of and for sailors.
This exhibit explores how modern tattoos are rooted in the nautical world, beginning with British sailors in the early eighteenth century and spreading to sailors in the U.S. Navy.
"Marked by the Sea" follows the history and culture of sailor tattoos through all American wars and conflicts, delves into the meaning behind common tattoos, and explores how sailor tattoo culture cultivated mainstream acceptance of this unique form of body art.