Jan 28 - Jun 4

The Original Gus Wagner

The South Street Seaport Museum's newest exhibition showcases some of Gus Wagner's original, early 20th century tattooing tools and reproductions of tattoo flashes and pages from the artist's scrapbook—rarely seen by the public and on exhibit for the first time in several years.

The reproductions and video projection in the exhibition are a testament to the richness of Gus Wagner’s image vocabulary and a relatively unknown area of early 20th century American history. This exhibition emphasizes the importance of researching, documenting, and preserving tattoo collections in museums and cultural institutions.