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The Art Gallery at the Cesar Chavez Student Center, SFSU

Exhibition Detail
1650 Holloway Ave
San Francisco, CA 94132

August 27th, 2012 - September 20th, 2012
September 6th, 2012 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
M-F 10a-6p or by appointment
SFSU (San Francisco State University)
tattoo, tattoos mixed-media, opening reception, Art gallery

The Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center at SFSU presents:


The opening reception will take place on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 from 5 to 8pm. The show runs from August 27th to September 20th, 2012, 2012.

Ship - Shape! exhibits a range and variety of styles through drawings, sketches, and photographs from nine tattoo shops located throughout San Francisco.  Arguably the epicenter for tattoo art in the country, San Francisco is home to over one hundred shops making the sacred art of tattoo undeniably significant to Bay Area culture.

Tattoo has evolved from an ancient cultural ritual, a sacred practice among indigenous peoples from diverse regions, such as: Africa, Asia, Europe and the Polynesian Islands, and has become a mainstream contemporary expression of one’s identity, interests, and desires.  Styles that have emerged today continue to progress, reflecting the varying nature of their clientele generating the multitude of styles, themes, genres and movements that continue to indelibly reshape the tattoo world today.

The distinct styles of many pieces in the exhibition are rooted from the “Old School” and “New Skool” styles.  The Old School tattoo style was derived from the sailors of the 30’s and 40’s made popular by Sailor Jerry (Norman Keith Collins) and has remained resilient through the decades and is experiencing an intense revival.  New Skool offers an avant-garde warping of traditional sailor symbols and motifs redesigning them with brighter colors, graffiti influenced text, and surrealism elements.

The Art Gallery at San Francisco State University is a student-run and student-funded program of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The gallery is dedicated to bringing the visual and interdisciplinary arts to the multicultural student body at San Francisco State University through a diverse series of exhibitions of both student and non-student work.

Participating Shops: Black Heart Tattoo, Cyclops Tattoo, Diamond Club Tattoo Studio, Dragonfly Ink Studio, Everlasting Tattoo, Goldfield's Tattoo, Lyle Tuttle Tattoo, One Shot Tattoo, Rose Gold's Tattoo & Piercing

What: Ship-Shape!
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 6th, 2012, 5-8pm
When: August 27th to September 20th, 2012
Cost: FREE
Where: The Art Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center (located on terrace level) San Francisco State University, 1650 Holloway Ave 94132
Gallery Hours: M-F 10a-6p or by appointment

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