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Tattoos at Toronto's ROM through September 5

Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art., on now through September 5 at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, comes from the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, which received record crowds in 2014/15 when it hosted its version of the show, Tattooists, Tattooed. The exhibit is a 5000-year-old visual history of body art, and explores tattoos across continents and over time, tattoo artists and the tattooed as well as the factors that have made tattooing an important cultural practice, art form, and worldwide modern phenomenon. Two hundred objects are on display (prints, posters, ancient tools), including 13 silicone body parts inked by leading contemporary artists including Tin-Tin (France), Horiyoshi III (Japan), Filip Leu (Switzerland), Paul Booth (USA), Chimé (Polynesia), and Yann Black (Montreal). Adults $8; students $6; kids four to 14 $4. rom.on.ca/en/tattoos-ritual-identity-obsession.

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