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Milwaukee Art Museum's Tattoo Exhibition

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In its first-ever tattoo exhibition, the Milwaukee Art Museum is presenting original works from one of the city's most famous tattoo artists.

Amund Dietzel, a Norwegian immigrant who came to Milwaukee in 1913, was one of the most prolific tattoo artists of the early 20th century.  

In fact, his shop was the only one in town for many years.

He was known for his mastery of the "old school" tattoo style.  Much of his work featured dragons, hearts, snakes, knives, and maritime imagery.

The exhibition features what's called "flash art," the original watercolor renderings of the tattoos Dietzel performed. The works are on loan from the Solid State Tattoo Collection, courtesy of Jon Reiter.

Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel runs now through October 13.

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