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What's happening in Tampa Bay art: Tattoo history in Dunedin, Gulfport unveils its geckos

The Dunedin History Museum’s “Jagged Lines: America’s Tattoo Tradition,” on display Saturday through Dec. 28, traces the history of tattoos in North America. [Courtesy of Dunedin History Museum]
The Dunedin History Museum’s “Jagged Lines: America’s Tattoo Tradition,” on display Saturday through Dec. 28, traces the history of tattoos in North America. [Courtesy of Dunedin History Museum]
Published Jul. 30, 2019

ARTFUL INK: America's Tattoo Tradition

There was a time when tattoos were considered edgy, almost dangerous even. Now they're ubiquitous, which makes their historical significance all the more interesting. That is explored in "Jagged Lines: America's Tattoo Tradition" at the Dunedin History Museum. The exhibit traces the history of tattooing from North America's indigenous people right up to contemporary times. And the museum is having a party based on one of those moments in history, when tattooed people were curiosities at traveling carnivals. "The Picture Gallery: Ink on Skin" will feature 15 tattooed models. Vote for your favorite's ink and the winner will receive a cash prize. Artists from tattoo studios High Tide and Metamorphosis will have their portfolios on display, and artist Heather DeRigo will give one-minute henna tattoos. There will be signature cocktails and treats. $25. 6-9 p.m. Saturday. "Jagged Lines" remains on display through Dec. 28. The museum will host two speaking events in October, on the wellness aspect of tattoos and about tattoo archaeology. Museum admission is $5, $3 for seniors and ages 12-17, free for 11 and younger. 349 Main St. (727) 736-1176.

GECKO SEASON: Art Gecko Show

GeckoFest is Gulfport's annual celebration of the end of summer, scheduled for Aug. 31. Part of the tradition is that local artists create larger-than-life geckos stationed around town until they get auctioned off at the Gecko Ball on Aug. 14. But they're being unveiled this weekend at the Art Gecko Show at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, so bidders can pick favorites. This year's artists include Joan Allen, Eric Folsom and Brenda McMahon. The exhibition also includes pieces from each artist's body of work. Mingle with them and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Free. 6-8 p.m. Friday. 5501 27th Ave. S.


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