Favorites from the Shop: Inspiration from the Collection

  • Tattoos!

    New York is a tattoo lover's dream city. We see inspiration everywhere and on everyone walking around the city, from traditional motifs to exciting artist's statements. Tattooing is a folk art with a rich and storied tradition that continues to grow over time. Did you know that the American Folk Art Museum has several pieces of tattoo art in the collection?  

    This sheet of Americana tattoo flash from the museum's collection were made by Milton Zeis, a tattoo artist from Rockford, Illinois. The works are not dated but judging from their designs, these would have been made in the World War II era. 

    Milton Zeis (1901-1972); Location: Rockford, Illinois; Date: n.d.; Materials: Watercolor on paper; Dimensions: 10 x 14"; Credit Line: Gift of Herbert Waide Hemphill, Jr.; Accession number: 1996.5.1; Photo Credit: Adam Reich

    If you are not ready to invest in something more permanent, here's a way to try out some fun new designs...

    Check out some of the great temporary tattoo sets that are available in our store from Tattly. Pick your design and, whether it is some classic Americana flash, cool cats, or an inspirational quote, Tattly has got you covered. 

    Share your personal favorite tattoo design with us at webshop@folkartmuseum.org!