Greenwich/London, England

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GREENWICH/LONDON, ENGLAND - The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, announces a major exhibit on tattooing which opened 22 March. The theme, "Skin Deep - A History of Tattooing", will run through 22 September 2002. Information received indicates admission is free to this exhibit.

Captain Cook's voyages to Tahiti first brought the word tattoo, as we know it, to the English language. Taking these Pacific voyages as its starting point, Skin Deep - A History of Tattooing traces the history of tattooing through its use among seamen in the 19th and 20th centuries, to its status as a fashion accessory in mainstream society today.

The exhibition features important objects from the Museum's collections, from popular paintings and drawings by Parkinson, Hodges and Webber, to items from the Museum's rare books collection that have never been on public display. Skin Deep also features a number of key objects on loan from public and private collections.

The exhibition has been divided into three sections. …