Tammerlin Drummond: "Tatoo Art the Body as Canvas"

March 25

Piedmont Center for the Arts Speaker Series



"Tattoo Art:  the Body as Canvas.”

The talk will center on the evolution of tattoo culture: how tattoos went from subculture to mainstream. There was a time when the people who wore tattoos were sailors, prison inmates and gang members. Tattoos were frowned upon by respectable society. Now, everywhere you turn people are "tatted." Youth, urban and suburban. Athletes and entertainers. Even supposedly straight-laced businessmen and accountants. Today 36 percent of Americans aged 18 to 25 have a least one tattoo and the tattoo industry is one of the fastest growing retail business in America. What happened? How did we get here? Why do people endure so much pain to cover their bodies in ink? What are the narratives that we seek to tell by inking our bodies? How has the internet fueled the explosion in tattoo body art? This is a rich subject and culture that, as the audience will discover, also allows for some fascinating multimedia interviews and photographs.

Tammerlin Drummond is a metro columnist for the Oakland Tribune/Bay Area News Group. She is a former Miami bureau chief and staff writer for Time. As a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, she won a Pulitzer Prize for team reporting of the LA riots. She was a recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for commentary for a series about Oakland’s child prostitution epidemic and was a finalist for the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s Public Service Award for “Theft of Elder Nation,” an editorial investigation of elder financial abuse. Drummond was a 2014 Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Long Island University and a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies from Smith College.


Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with wine available for purchase prior to the discussion and photo illustrations at 5:30 p.m.

There will be ample time for audience members to ask questions.

Admission is free, although a small donation to the Center for the Arts would be appreciated.                                                   Plenty of free street parking available.