Tattooed & Tenacious

Inked Women in California History

Step right up and witness “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History” like you’ve never seen it before!

Join us for a farewell celebration before this temporary exhibit closes at the Sacramento History Museum for good. We will pay homage to the legacy of the tattooed sideshow women of yesterday while we highlight the innovation, identity, and ink of today’s tattooed women and tattoo artists.

Come one, come all Friday, June 26th from 6 pm – 9 pm for sword swallowing, belly dancing, tattoo demonstrations, and more funfair festivities!
All under the “big top” of the Sacramento History Museum!

Tickets are $20 for nonmembers, $10 for members                    BUY TICKETS

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Discover the unique history of California women and tattoos when we present our newest exhibit, Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History. The temporary exhibit runs through July 28, 2024.

Tattoos are not just a recent trend or a passing fad. From the working-class to the upper-class,  inked women have a long history in California and have helped popularize tattoos. Uncover the largely unknown history of women and tattoos, such as Victorian-era heiress Aimée Crocker, through photographs, personal histories, and artifacts.

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History also features artwork from contemporary women tattoo artists of the Sacramento region, showing the style differences in tattooing of the past with the inked women of today. In the late 1800s tattoos were primarily one color, today they are a colorful display of art.

Discover the fascinating stories behind the ink, as local women share their personal reasons why they chose tattoos to capture or express a moment in their lives. 

Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History runs through July 28, 2024. The exhibit is included with admission to the Sacramento History Museum; opened daily from 10 – 5 p.m.  

Aimee Crocker Slide 1 Rev
TnT Max lft portrait 12324 Slide 2 rev
Maud Stevens Wagner Slide 3 rev
TnT Kim portrait Slide 4 rev
O Che Che Slide 5
TnT Kylie right face adj 12324 Slide 6
Ruth Weyland Slide 7
TnT Amy lft profile Slide 8
SW Tattooing Woman Slide 9
TnT Shawday shins 12324 Slide 10
Aimee Crocker Slide 1 Rev TnT Max lft portrait 12324 Slide 2 rev Maud Stevens Wagner Slide 3 rev TnT Kim portrait Slide 4 rev O Che Che Slide 5 TnT Kylie right face adj 12324 Slide 6 Ruth Weyland Slide 7 TnT Amy lft profile Slide 8 SW Tattooing Woman Slide 9 TnT Shawday shins 12324 Slide 10

 

“Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History,” was originated by curator Amy Cohen at the Hayward Area Historical Society
in Hayward, CA, and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy.