While wandering around the sleepy North Coast town of Fort Bragg, consider a permanent souvenir from the stellar artists at Triangle Tattoo & Museum on Main Street, where the big red heart TATTOO sign hangs over the sidewalk. Climb up the bright red stairway where you will feel enveloped by the spirit, history and excitement of Tattoo. They were founded in 1986 and are celebrating their 28th year of tattooing in Fort Bragg. It is one of only a few museums in the world dedicated to exhibition of Tattoo History. This unique collection is fittingly housed in one of the town’s original Victorian storefronts. You’ll see striking, vintage exhibits of tattoo artifacts, flash (designs), tattoo tools and photographs. There is written history about many cultures including the Maori, Japanese, Native American, South Seas, European and American tattoos. There are exhibits of Patriotic Tattoos, In Honor of Tattooed People in the Circus Sideshow, Prison Tattoos, even Tattoos Without Consent. Mr. G and Madame Chinchilla are world famous tattoo artists and historians who are quoted in the New York Times, magazines and books. They are featured on the Discovery Channel’s documentary “Tattoo, Beauty, Art and Pain” and have been tattoo consultants for major television. The Museum is free to the public and open seven days a week from noon to 6 p.m. Children are welcome. This is the place to meander and view — from floor to ceiling, filled room to room — for anyone curious about the art and history of tattooing. Be Art with a Pulse!
Next Up: #47 – Gloriana Music Theatre