It is one of the new hits of the city and in this store you may find some very special travel souvenirs: the Tattoo Museum in Amsterdam under the road: no. 62 of Plantage Middenlaan; is museum dedicated to the art of tattooing, which contains some 24,000 themed items, from very detailed collection of Henk Schiffmacher (appreciated artist who also designed the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Pearl Jam and Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobaine ); it was freshly awarded as the best of the Museum Night 2012 Awards, in November the 3rd we last saw 50 museums in Amsterdam open at night, this is a highly specialized exhibition space and contains within it also the tattoo shop. It’s called The Tattican and is open every day, you can go just to take a look and they often organize events with tattoo-artists who make live performances.
Let’s go back to the museum, according to what I read in the Guardian—it is located in two buildings in the style of the Belle Epoque and the colorful interior and it is decorated with shrines, paintings, writings and photographs. On the ground floor the theme is that of tribal tattoos and ethnography, from Africa to the Pacific Ocean, while above there are tattoo artists specializing in various decorative currents, of which the most popular one seems to be inspired by religious iconography.
The spaces are a bit special, it is interesting also to find out details on how to travel in the past and exude a certain charm. In addition to the cafeteria area with beautiful panoramic windows in a traditional style, there is a library and for those who want to deepen, there are Dan Dringenberg seminars. Access to a group of 15 people cost 75 euro, while the single entry costs 10 euro.
By Nikos K
Photo 1+2: intransit