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A History in Ink: Tattoo Workshop with Bobbie Dazzler
A History in Ink: Tattoo Workshop with Bobbie Dazzler

A History in Ink: Tattoo Workshop with Bobbie Dazzler

Explore the art of tattooing throughout history and create your own artwork on silicone 'skin' in a workshop with tattoo artist Bobbie Dazzler.

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21 Oct 2023, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Hellenic Museum, 280 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia


Join the Hellenic Museum and Melbourne tattoo artist Bobbie Dazzler as we explore the histories, theories and techniques of tattooing, and create tattoo-like artworks on silicone 'skin.'

The practice of tattooing is embedded in the history of many cultures but its method, meanings and social attitudes vary. From positive expressions of identity, creativity and belonging, to marks of stigma, punishment and oppression, the role of tattooing has been shaped by societies' socio-political landscapes and values toward mark-making and the body.

In antiquity for example, the Greeks, Romans and Celts used tattooing to brand criminals and slaves, while the Egyptians adorned their skin with symbols of fertility, magical knowledge and protection. Closer to home, the Māori tradition of Tā Moko reverently continues to tell one's individual, familial and cultural story. Today, more than 1 in 4 Australian adults are tattooed.

In this 2-hour workshop, participants will discover the transhistorical meanings, materials and methods of tattooing, with an emphasis on ancient Greek and Mediterranean cultures, and use traditional and modern tools to decorate their own piece of silicone 'skin’ with guidance from the talented Bobbie Dazzler. Take inspiration from a selection of Bobbie's historically-inspired custom designs, the Museum's collection of handling artefacts, or create a design of your own. Come away with a finished artwork in a display frame, and an appreciation for tattoos as more than skin-deep, but as markers of who we are and the history of those who came before us.

About the Artist

Bobbie Dazzler is a multi-disciplinary artist who works primarily in tattooing, and has a background in drawing, painting and sculpture. Bobbie owns and tattoos out of Hamsa Tattoo located in the heart of Footscray, and has exhibited in Melbourne, Dubai and London. Bobbie has a keen interest in the ebb and flow between acceptance and taboo that body art has experienced throughout time, from Neolithic times to modern day.

Important Information

  • Please gather in the Museum foyer from 10.20AM for a 10.30AM start
  • Tickets include all materials and Museum general entry after the workshop
  • Due to advanced subject matter and the use of sharp equipment, this workshop is recommended for ages 16+. Participants aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
  • This workshop uses ink, which can be messy! Aprons will be provided but please consider wearing clothing you don’t mind getting ink on.
  • By purchasing a ticket for this workshop, you agree to the following: I understand that this workshop is not designed to teach practical tattooing techniques, but is an exploration of historical tattooing with the goal of producing an individual piece of artwork, and that no instruction from this workshop should be used on myself or others. I understand that the Hellenic Museum and associates are not liable in the event of injury or consequential damages if I take knowledge or skills from this workshop and use them on myself or others, and waive the Hellenic Museum and associates of all responsibility.


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      +$2.00 service fee
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      +$1.75 service fee

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