Museum Opening Reception: Stories Inked In Skin


The Bastrop Museum of the Bastrop County Historical Society (BCHS) invites you to the opening reception of their newest exhibit, "Stories Inked in Skin", on Friday, July 12 at 5:30pm. This special event is free and open to all ages, offering a unique opportunity to delve into the  personal stories etched in ink on Bastrop County residents.

Tattooing, an ancient practice with roots in numerous cultures, has served as a powerful medium for expressing ancestry, faith, status, and more. Today, tattoos continue to be a profound form of self-expression, capturing personal meanings, memories, and stories. "Stories Inked in Skin" documents and celebrates the tattoos of our local community, highlighting the significant tales they tell.

Curated by Heather Bloom, the Museum's archival Collections Manager, and Ron Ramirez, a BCHS trustee, the exhibition features a carefully selected array of tattoos from nearly 100 submissions. Bloom and Ramirez focused on pieces with particularly unique stories or deep personal significance, ensuring that each tattoo on display resonates with powerful, heartfelt narratives.

"Tattoos are more than just skin deep; they carry stories, memories, and cultural significance," said Bloom. "We want to showcase the diverse and meaningful tattoos of our community and share the stories behind them."

"We're excited to hear the stories and see the art that makes up our community," added Ramirez. "This exhibit will be a celebration of personal expression and community heritage."

The reception will not only provide a first look at this compelling exhibit but also feature live presentations and demonstrations by local tattoo artists. These talented individuals will share insights into their craft, offer live tattooing demonstrations, and discuss the art and meaning behind their work. It's a fantastic opportunity to see the art form in action and learn directly from those who practice it.

The "Stories Inked in Skin" exhibit will be available for public viewing from July 8 to October 26. For more information about the exhibit or the opening reception, please contact the Bastrop Museum & Visitor Center at 512-303-0904. To arrange group visits, contact the Bastrop County Historical Society at 512-303-0057.

Don't miss this extraordinary celebration of tattoos and the stories they carry. We look forward to welcoming you to the Bastrop Museum for an evening of history, art, culture, and community.