Tattoo: An American Evolution is organized into four main sections: Origins & Influences, Stigmatization, New Trends, and Modernization. These sections explores the story of the American Tattoo, beginning with the origins abroad and highlighting the popularity of the tattoo to the traveling sailor and in circus culture. As the tattoo evolved from being seen as primitive or freaky to representing counterculture rebellion and group affiliations, stigmatization of inked skin became widespread. Prominent presence of tattoo in various American military and law enforcement circles also remains significant in linking tattoos to patriotism. The tattoo's progression into the twenty-first century has found acceptance in younger generations, evolving new genres and styles as well as new techniques.
The exhibition recently received the IAM Award of Excellence at the IAM convention in Bloomington.