Rather than doing a “Canada Day” thing, We headed out to the Royal Ontario Museum to see, among other things, Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.  Coming from the musée du quai Branly in Paris, it explores the 5000-year-old multifaceted world of tattooing, showcasing a visual history of body art and markings, ancient tools, and commissioned tattooed silicone body reproductions, inked by some of the most respected tattoo artists in the contemporary world.

I am familiar with the history of tattoos and women, being tattooed myself and being prone to conduct research. I even went as far as conducting a study (survey plus in-person interviews) with tattooed women, just to satiate my curiosity. There was little at the show that was surprising to me, but from what I gather from the other attendees, there was a lot of new information for a lot of people.

Kelly and I also went to Chihuily’s exhibit, From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty.  The work of Chihuily’s team is stunning.

Afterwards we headed toward home and walked around the neighbourhood as it prepared for the night’s Trans Pride festivities.

Here are some photographs of our trip.


Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art.

Drawing of a body tattoo design

Drawing of a body tattoo design

 

I believe this is an Algerian woman, with tattooed face

I believe this is an Algerian woman, with tattooed face

 

A beautiful old book repurposed to hold photographs of tattoos

A beautiful old book repurposed to hold photographs of tattoos

 

 

 


From Sand. From Fire. Comes Beauty.

Chihuily's work, reflected in black glass

Chihuily’s work, reflected in black glass

 

Kelly on the other side of a magnificent work by Chihuily

Kelly on the other side of a magnificent work by Chihuily

 

 

She tried to photobomb us, but I saw her and started laughing. After she told us a story about her being photobombed we asked her to please photobomb us.

She tried to photobomb us, but I saw her and started laughing. After she told us a story about her being photobombed we asked her to please photobomb us.

 

 

I had to take a quick minute out of the day to sketch Picasso next to Picasso, in a rainbow scratchboard

I had to take a quick minute out of the day to sketch Picasso next to Picasso, in a rainbow scratchboard


The Gay Village

A local Axe bodyspray billboard overlooking a Green Space Festival beer garden

A local Axe bodyspray billboard overlooking a Green Space Festival beer garden

 

A drag performer at Garage, a Gay Village bar on Church St. Toronto

A drag performer at Garage, a Gay Village bar on Church St. Toronto

 

 

Rainbow (and regular) donuts available during Pride weekend

Rainbow (and regular) donuts available during Pride weekend