Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California's History

From the working-class Tattooed Ladies who performed in circus sideshows to the upper-class inked women who helped popularize the tattoo craze, visitors to our new traveling exhibit will discover the largely unknown history of California women in the tattoo arts.  In addition to photographs, historical objects, and personal histories, Tattooed and Tenacious is supplemented with tattoo-related historic artifacts and a variety of memorabilia and flash from our own and other collections, plus contemporary California Native art with tattoo themes.  This exhibit contains some explicit content. Viewer discretion advised.

Tattooed and Tenacious is a traveling exhibition organized by Exhibit Envoy and supplemented with additional material from the Grace Hudson Museum, Triangle Tattoo and Museum, and the collections of various tattoo artists. The exhibition is made possible through the efforts and generosity of the Sun House Guild.

Click here to read the article in the June 6 issue of the Ukiah Daily Journal.

Exhibition Dates: Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, August 4, 2019

Exhibition Programs:

Friday, June 7, 5:00 to 8:00 PM
Preview Opening and First Friday Artwalk
Get a sneak peek ofTattooed & Tenacious. Live music by the eclectic and supremely danceable Ukeholics. Brief remarks at 6:00 PM. Free.

Saturday, June 8, 2:00 PM
Curator Tour of Tattooed & Tenacious
Exhibition curator and Exhibit Envoy Executive Director, Amy Cohen discusses how she researched and developed Tattooed & Tenacious, and the stories she uncovered of the tattooed women who made it possible. Additionally, Museum staff will be on hand to discuss items that they organized to further support the exhibition. Free with Museum admission, reservations required. Make your reservations at (707) 467-2836 or at

Sunday, June 30, 2:00 PM
California Indian Women and Tattooing, Past and Present
Three California Native artists discuss the practice of tattooing in California Native cultures. Participants will be Lyn Risling (Karuk/Yurok/Hupa), Meyo Marrufo (Pomo), and L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva/Ajachem). The panel will be moderated by the Museum’s own Sherrie Smith-Ferri (Pomo/Coast Miwok). Free with Museum admission.

Saturday, July 27, 2:00 PM
Madame Chinchilla & Mr. G
The inimitable Madame Chinchilla and Mr. G, of the famed Triangle Tattoo Museum in Fort Bragg, discuss their lives in the tattoo arts, including Madame Chinchilla’s pioneering work tattooing women who have had mastectomies. Free with Museum admission.