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The “Other” Art By Tattoo Masters Is Focus Of New Exhibition

(Fayetteville, NC) March 19, 2018 — Visual art takes shape on many forms. Canvas, paper, wood, skin … are merely a few. Exploring the non-tattoo art of North Carolina tattoo artists is the focus of a new exhibition, Impressions: More than Skin Deep, opening on March 23, and through May 12, at The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

The opening coincides with downtown’s 4th Friday celebration. On that night, Hal Sawyer of Blood & Bone Custom Tattoo will conduct a live demonstration of tattooing in the Grand Hall of The Arts Center, home of the Arts Council, at 301 Hay Street. The Impressions exhibition is in collaboration with the 2nd annual All American Tattoo Convention, which takes place from April 13 through 15 in Fayetteville.

“Some of the work is very Gothic,” says Calvin Mims of Ellington-White Contemporary Development Corp., and curator of the Impressions exhibition.

“The same creative spirit that takes them to a place in their tattooing,” he adds, “is transformed into a different type of energy, which has an artist creating, for example, a portrait of Angelina Jolie.”  

Mims pointed to a pencil drawing of the actress as one of more than 30 artworks on view, which are for sale.

According to Adrienne Trego, the Arts Council’s Director of Education and Outreach: “This exhibition will showcase the breadth of creative work of tattoo artists beyond their ordinary medium in recognition that their talents are not bound solely by work created on skin.”


The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts. 

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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.