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Webinar | Tattooing in Victorian Royal Navy

5-June from 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Have you ever wondered what our curator does in her spare time? Cori loves to research Royal Navy sailors and their tattoos during the Victorian period (amongst other things). A superb blend of art and history!

FREE but Registration is REQUIRED —> https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_04lEvSdPRwyY79YlpZzO9A

(Maximum of 100 attendees)

At a time when a sizeable portion of sailors in the Royal Navy were illiterate and very few records of their thoughts and emotions exist on paper, investigation of tattoos that decorated these sailors provides tremendous insight into the motivations that drove these men to permanently mark their skin. Tattoos allowed unrestricted creativity which could define their identity. Description Books were mandatorily kept by the Navy and records ‘distinguishing marks’ on each sailor aboard a vessel and supply the majority of the research material that this study is based upon. This resource lists an individual’s tattoos and location on the body, thus allowing for an in-depth study into the motivations that encouraged the practice. Analyzing their penchant for tattooing provides a remarkable study which demonstrates the ability for self-expression. Their inspirations will be broken down into categories and within these, specific examples shall be cited to further validate the motivations for the seamen placing his identity on his skin.


June 5
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
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Key West Art & Historical Society