Milwaukee Art Museum to host first-ever tattoo art exhibition this summer

  • Updated: June 28, 2013 - 4:05 AM

MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Art Museum is hosting its first-ever tattoo art exhibition.

The exhibit will highlight the work of tattoo artist Amund Dietzel, who was born in Norway in 1891.

Dietzel learned hand tattooing on a merchant ship, and later became tattooed from neck to ankle. After his ship was wrecked off the coast of Quebec, Dietzel traveled with carnivals and sideshows as the tattooed man. He arrived in Milwaukee in 1913 and opened up a tattoo parlor in the downtown area.

He soon became the region's premier tattoo artist, working on World War I and World War II sailors and marines. He worked up until 1967, when Milwaukee banned tattooing.

Dietzel died in 1974 and is buried in Milwaukee.

"Tattoo: Flash Art of Amund Dietzel" starts Wednesday.

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