Skin and Bone poster

“Thanks to the Vancouver Maritime Museum, youngsters are going to head to the wharves for porn instead of the internet.” – Stephen Colbert

Haven’t yet had the chance to visit the Maritime Museum’s most talked-about exhibit this year? Here’s your chance! Skin & Bone: Salty Sailor Tales, an evening of tall tales, history, and tasty treats happens on July 18 at the Museum.

Skin and Bone exhibit

Since opening in March, TATTOOS & SCRIMSHAW – The Art of the Sailor has caught the attention of local and international media. Erotic scrimshaw, taboo tattoos, and the history and influence of sailor art on Western culture have sparked conversations around superstition, tradition, and “What constitutes as art” across both the web and on international television.

The exhibit explores the history and craftsmanship behind these two iconic nautically-influenced pastimes. SKIN & BONE: Salty Sailor Tales allows the museum to delve deeper into these themes.

Chris Hold
[Tattoo artist Chris Hold]

Curator Patricia Owen, tattoo artist Chris Hold, photographer/social biographer Kathryn Mussallem, and Charles H. Scott Gallery curator Cate Rimmer will be on hand to discuss erotic imagery and taboo concepts in both art forms.

Exhibit hall at Maritime Museum

As well, you’ll have a rare opportunity to see scrimshaw not included in the current Tattoos & Scrimshaw exhibit and enjoy Sailor Jerry Rum.

Skin & Bone: Salty Sailor Tales
Date: July 18, 6:30 to 10 pm
Venue: Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 plus Eventbrite fee; available online. Seating is limited. Refreshments will be served.
Note: This is a 19+ event.

For more information about SKIN & BONE – Salty Sailor Tales, visit the Vancouver Maritime Museum website. Tattoos & Scrimshaw – The Art of the Sailor continues through October 13.

All photos courtesy of Gillian Lo.

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