Courtesy Dr. Karen Leader
A multi-year project exploring the art and culture of tattoo takes center stage at Florida Atlantic University tonight in what's becoming an annual event. This year's show, "Academic Ink," includes tattoo-inspired work by faculty from the school's theater, music, and dance programs; a display of photographs featuring inked-up faculty and staff; and a keynote address by tattoo scholar and author Margot Mifflin titled "Art, Sex and Power: A Short History of Tattooed Women."
The project, jointly sponsored by the Jaffe Center for Book Arts and FAU arts prof Dr. Karen Leader, has surveyed the FAU community -- students, faculty, staff -- since 2010, documenting their ink and stories in print and on film. Based at the center, they've created an exotic library of tattoo-related material and a website called Stories on the Skin.