"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Los Angeles County Library–Learn about Los Angeles County’s vibrant immigrant population through the most personal of art forms: the tattoo. Different cultures throughout the world have long used tattooing to symbolize their beliefs; however, the motifs, traditions, and techniques vary greatly from people to people. What is the cultural significance of these tattoos, and what stories do they have to tell? Join us for an exciting series of virtual programs exploring the cultural significance of tattoos to LA County’s Chicano, Black and African, and AAPI communities. While Black, Indigenous, People of Color are deeply connected to tattoo history, the industry is riddled with misinformation when it comes to dark skin. James Spooner, who specializes in tattooing richly pigmented skin, will dispel those myths, and advise on how to get a quality tattoo. He will also discuss Black and African body modification traditions and their ties to current tattoo practices. Saturday, December 11, 2021, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Virtual event Webex To attend this virtual event, please register online. For more information, go to https://lacountylibrary.org/stories-on-skin/ or contact Katrina Lacerna, Asian Pacific Resource Center Librarian, (626) 573-5220, KLacerna@library.lacounty.gov This project is supported by California Humanities through the Library Innovation Lab.