The Museum Gallery

The New Orleans Tattoo Museum & Studio was founded to preserve and promote the history of tattooing in New Orleans through research and education. We are in a pivotal moment to archive the stories of multiple generations of tattooing for future generations to access their heritage. We do this through creative documentation that builds knowledge and appreciation for New Orleans’ tattooing traditions.


The opening exhibit, "Folklore & Flash" (March 21, 2015 - July 6th, 2015), relied heavily on the personal archives of “Doc” Don Lucas, an artist and electric-tattooing historian who came to New Orleans 30+ years ago, influencing two generations of tattoo artists. With this exhibit we hoped to bring our visitors on a tour of the people, technologies, traditions and influences of modern tattooing.


The current exhibit highlights recent findings in our ongoing research, chronicling and sorting the events that have shaped the current state of tattooing in New Orleans.  Future quarterly exhibits will build on this foundation to explore specific artists, cultures, and technologies that have emerged here.

This is an open call for Information and Donations of tattoo history and memorabelia. The generosity of individuals is what keeps our collection available to the public!


Your donation to the Tattoo Museum (via photos, stories, funding, or getting tattooed) helps in the ongoing effort to document and preserve the folklore and flash of New Orleans' tattooed past.