Listen to Natan's Speech from the Institute of Contemporary Art!

Last Thursday, Natan was invited to participate in a discussion of Massachusetts tattooing at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston. The forum coincided with the ICA's exhibit of the work of famed Mexican tattooist, Dr. Lakra and touched upon the history, legalization, and changing social climate of tattooing in Boston and it's outlying areas.

Lakra's work will be on display at the museum through September 6th and the audio files from Natan's discussion (On Pins and Needles: Tattooing in Massachusetts) are currently available for free download from the ICA's online canadian pharmacy”>website. Head on over to check out some selections from Dr. Lakra's exhibit, learn more about the show, and hear what Natan had to say about tattooing.

Thank you to the ICA and Dr. Lakra for inviting Natan, as well as the rest of his staff, to come down and participate in such a great event!

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Join us at the Boston ICA this Thursday, the 15th!!

click on the above link to visit the ICA website

click on the above link to visit the ICA website

On Pins & Needles: Tattooing in Massachusetts
Thursday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.

Although tattooing was first introduced to Bostonians in the 1840s, it was just 10 years ago that a Massachusetts ban on tattooing (except by medical physicians) was deemed unconstitutional by a Suffolk Superior Court judge. Helping to overthrow this ban was Sarah Wunsch, staff attorney

with the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts. Join Wunsch, Boston Tattoo Convention producer Natan Alexander, and exhibition curator Pedro Alonzo for a look back at the commonwealth’s long and complicated history with this art form.

$10 general admission; $8 ICA and ACLU members, students, and seniors. ACLU member discount available for on-site sales only.

BONUS! Before the talk, join Mexican tattoo artist Dr. Lakra and exhibition curator Pedro Alonzo in the galleries for a conversation about Dr. Lakra’s ICA exhibition and the role of tattooing in his art. Tour begins at 6:00 p.m. in the exhibition; free admission to the galleries.

The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
100 Northern Avenue
Boston, MA 02210


Natan to Speak at Museum Lecture!

Natan will be featured as a guest speaker at an upcoming lecture on tattooing at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art! As part of an upcoming exhibition of renowned tattoo artist, Dr. Lakra, the museum will host a panel discussion of contemporary tattoo culture, the history of tattooing, and the growth and development of the medium. We invite you to join us on Thursday, April 15th, at the Institute of Contemporary Art (100 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA) as we listen in on Natan's personal dissection of tattooing, as informed by his 17 years of experience in the field.

The ICA comments on Lakra:
Jerónimo López Ramírez, also known as Dr. Lakra, is a renowned tattoo artist who lives and works in Oaxaca, Mexico. Under his pseudonym, loosely translating as “Dr. Delinquent,” he draws over vintage printed materials and found objects rather than skin, manipulating images of pin-up girls, 1940s Mexican businessmen, luchadores, and Japanese sumo wrestlers.


ing diverse body art traditions from Chicano, Maori, Thai, and Philippine cultures, Dr. Lakra layers spiders, skulls, crosses, serpents, and devils over these existing images. Playful, naughty, and often intentionally vulgar, his work challenges social norms by blurring cultural identities.

Dr. Lakra, the artist’s first solo exhibition in the U.S., will present works from a variety of series and a newly-commissioned mural.

Learn more about the featured Dr. Lakra exhibition and the museum itself at:

We hope to see you there!

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