Pointed Permanence:
The Art of Tattoo
September 6 – October 27

Opening Reception
Thursday, September 13, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
in the Fine Art Gallery, Room 108

Ivana Giraffe ArtworkFor over 5,000 years, tattooing has been a vibrant art form in multiple cultures all over the globe. In our modern world, tattooing came to us from Pacific Island traditions and was carried over to Europe in the 1700s by Captain Cook. But tattoos have been found on some of our earliest ancestors as well. Today, the art of tattooing has a variety of techniques, tools, meanings and purposes to a plethora of peoples. In the United States, Southern California is an epicenter of tattoo art, and supports the through its embrace of lowbrow culture and artistic expression.

The exhibition “Pointed Permanence: The Fine Art of Tattoo” is a visual exploration through this artistic phenomenon that blends the human experience and a unique and personalized artistic expression into fine art form that has been overlooked and under-appreciated for centuries. In contemporary society, tattoo art acceptance is growing, as tattoos are a popular and impressive art form, yet many generations and cultures do not see the value or significance in this amazing art.

In this exhibition, we aim to shed light on the complex and talented artists leaving their mark on the world and on their clients through their art. Through paintings, drawings, designs, and tattoos, we are able to see the genius, creativity, dedication and skill that are involved in this fascinating and beautiful art form.

Exhibiting artists include: Shay Bredimus, Tea Cake, Joy Shannon, Tim Shelton, Nakota Garza, Dmitry Troshin, Alvin Chong, Laura Wangerin, Shige via Kip Fulbeck, Suzanne Shifflett, Danny Dunbar, Nathan Kostechko, Andres Saucedo, Ivana, Jake Masri, Kevin Nocerino, Sara Fabel, Mike Davis, Mat Hurtado, and more.

***Complimentary parking for the opening reception. No campus reciting that day.***

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. or by appointment: (714) 895-8316

Additional Art Gallery Hours: October 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Or by appointment
Contact (714) 895-8316
or gwcartgallery@gwc.cccd.edu

Gallery Location
GWC Art Gallery
Fine Arts Building, Rm 108
15751 Gothard Street, Huntington Beach, CA
(Best parking on Gothard St., Lot “I”)

The Gallery is located in the Fine Arts building on the first floor building 29


Golden West holds six exhibits which include a Juried Student Art Show in April and May.


Volunteers are needed in the Fine Arts Gallery to greet patrons and answer questions. Contact the Foundation Office at 714-895-8316 for more information.

As a Friend of the Arts at Golden West College, you will enjoy many special benefits including complimentary refreshments at all Theater department plays, invitations to opening night festivities for various Performing and Fine Arts events, guest lectures and demonstrations, and invitations to backstage and costume shop tours.

For just $25, you can join a Friends group, or for $100, you can become a member of all five!

If you have any questions please contact the GWC Foundation 714-895-8316.