Ink Work: An International Look at the Art of Tattoo (June 30-July 30)

The Kent State University School of Art’s Downtown Gallery spotlights work by tattoo artists from around the world. “Ink Work: An International Look at the Art of Tattoo,” runs June 30 to July 30. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

The practice of tattooing has a long history, spanning millennia and crossing cultures. Traditionally, tattoos have served both practical and ritualistic purposes. However, more recently, tattoo artists and their work have entered the realm of fine art. Many artists today bring their unique sensibility to both skin and paper. This exhibition works to highlight the talents, and individual styles, of both local and international tattoo artists beyond the boundaries of the tattoo parlor.

The exhibition features original works done in a variety of media, including ink, watercolor and marker. Participating artists include Sasha Unisex of Moscow, Russia; Jaya Suartika of Adelaide, Australia; Myra Oh of Diadem Tattoo in Jacksonville, Florida; Quyen Dinh of Parlor Tattoo in Los Angeles, California; Carlos Gonzales and Wendi Koontz of South Water Studios in Kent, Ohio; Liz Marie and Andrea Lynne of Kollective Studio in Tremont, Ohio; and Phil Rodriguez of The Collective Stow, Ohio.

The Downtown Gallery is located at 141 E. Main St. in Kent. Gallery hours are Monday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.

For more information, contact Anderson Turner, galleries director, at haturner@kent.edu or 330-672-1369.