Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)

Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA)
OMA occupies the venerable 1934 former City of Oceanside City Hall designed by pioneering San Diego architect Irving Gill and the Frederick Fisher designed Central Pavillion opened in 2008.

Monday, June 23, 2008

The Meaning of Tattoos

In contemporary pop-culture, tattoos bring to mind artistic expression, rebellious people branding themselves with imagery that makes them unique and individualistic. After viewing the enlightening exhibition Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking at Oceanside Museum of Art in San Diego, CA, I have a deeper appreciation for the sacrifice and discipline people all around the world endure to have a permanent marker of their identity on their skin.

Chris Rainier, a National Geographic editor and documentary photographer has captured the rituals and cultural traditions behind the symbolic art of body altering in his stunning collection of over 30 black and white photographs. From the savannas of Africa to the streets of Los Angeles, Rainier brings to light how tattoos and body altering reflect sacred beliefs, form identity and tell stories of ancient cultures.

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