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You need to see this interactive tattoo exhibit before it's gone

  • Tattoo'd America

    More than 20% of Americans have at least one tattoo, a phenomenon explored in glorious detail in Tattoo’d America, the first interactive experience at Pop Vegas in The LINQ Promenade. Home to 270 tattoo parlors, Las Vegas is the second most tattooed city in the country, after New York, and this eye-popping exhibit features 21 rooms bursting with design, history and fun facts (Did you know Andrew Jackson had a hatchet tattooed on his inner thigh?) celebrating a form of self-expression that isn’t just skin-deep.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • Armed with art

    Arms are the most commonly tattooed body part, and this display case is filled with life-sized arms and hands representing the diversity and creativity of tattoo design. Featuring 20 different styles, the tattoos span different eras and geographic locations, and include everything from Tribal and Trash Polka to Japanese and Polynesian designs.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • What's under?

    Although 40% of millennials have at least one tattoo, most admit they take great care to make sure it’s not visible to their employer. This thought-provoking exhibit asks guests to discover what’s under the surface and see whether their attitude towards someone changes once they discover they’ve got a giant eagle or dragon across their back. A series of diptychs show individuals from all walks of life dressed in their everyday attire alongside images that reveal their tattoos. Has your opinion of them changed from one photo to another?

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • Every picture tells a story

    Every tattoo has a story behind it, and more than 4,000 guests submitted their own to "My Tattoo. My Story." You can learn about some of them by clicking on the individual photos on this touchscreen wall. Showcasing visitors’ personal tattoos, they reveal their fascinating – and often deeply moving – symbolism. A cancer survivor tattooed the logo of the hospital and the names of her doctors, while a woman from Iran got a 2.5-inch double Venus tattoo after traveling to the United States and finally feeling free enough to express her sexuality.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • Sailor Jerry

    The godfather of the traditional tattoo, Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins was a Navy vet who became famous for his all-American inking of soldiers and sailors in World War II-era Honolulu. This museum-within-a-museum presents a collection of his original tattoo flash sheets and photographs, and pays tribute to him with a Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum cocktail tasting experience. So, you can raise a glass to his contributions to the art.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • What tattoo are you?

    Tattoos have been around for more than 5,000 years and have long evolved into a decorative body art. This large-scale, vibrant piece lets you choose which style you best relate to and provides a stunning overview of the eclectic offerings that make up contemporary tattoo design. Are you drawn to watercolor or blackwork? Geometric or dotwork? Last year, there was a spike in wrist tattoos; this year, it’s all about fingers.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • Under the black light

    The pillow-fight UV room isn’t just fun; it’s also a reflection of the latest tattoo trend. UV tattoos are flooding Instagram, and people are getting tattoos that change dramatically under a black light. Some are even getting ones that are visible only under a black light.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • "Temporary Bad Decisions"

    Seventeen percent of those with tattoos regret them, most because "it’s the name of another person." Inkbox tattoo studio, whose slogan is "temporary bad decisions," offers on-site semi-permanent tattoos that only permeate the outer layer of skin and last about 21 days. Hundreds of Tattoo’d America guests have already tested their own custom-made designs, with many coming back to Club Tattoo, ready to make a permanent commitment.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

  • Get your own tattoo

    Club Tattoo operates Tattoo’d America’s in-house tattoo studio, and visitors are obviously inspired by what they see because it’s been sold out every day since the exhibit opened. The studio averages seven people a day, including a 71-year-old woman who got her first tattoo there and a family of five who each got the same tattoo. Talk about a memorable souvenir.

    Photo courtesy of Ed Palomino

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