Talking Tattoos Public Callout

Do you have a great tattoo? Do you know someone who has a great story behind their tattoo?

We're seeking your tattoo stories and backgrounds in preparation for an exciting new touring exhibition coming to Tullie House this Autumn!

As part of the forthcoming Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed exhibition, curated by National Maritime Museum Cornwall, coming to Tullie House this autumn, we are hoping to capture a snapshot of tattoo art in Carlisle and Cumbria today, creating a brand new documentary celebrating tattoos, the artists who have created them and the stories they have to tell.

If you would like to be part of this project please provide a short video and at least 1 good quality photograph of your tattoo.

Before you start filming you might find it helpful to plan what you want to say, here’s some thoughts to get you thinking. Aim to fill about 3-5 minutes of talking, the more we have the more we can share:

  • How old were you when you got your first tattoo? Or your favourite tattoo?
  • Why did you get the tattoo? Is there meaning behind the tattoo and the art?
  • Do you have any funny or touching stories about your tattoo?
  • Did it hurt getting your tattoo? What does it feel like? What does it mean to you?
  • Do you know much about the tattooing scene in Cumbria/Carlisle? Do you have a favourite tattoo artist or studio?

When filming please choose a suitable location which is:

  • Well lit, from the front. Natural light is great so if you can, face a window.
  • Quiet, reduce outside noise as much as possible.
  • Clean, uncluttered background. Try to make sure there aren’t moving items or distractions.
  • If you’re using your phone, turn it on its side so it films in ‘landscape’ mode and place it on a sturdy surface rather than having someone hold it for you.

Now you’ve planned what you want to say and got the perfect set up, it's time to share your story. Speak slowly and calmly and don’t be afraid to take pauses as this will help us during the editing process.


It may not be possible to include all submissions received in the final video produced for the exhibition. Entries will be selected to reflect a range of views, styles and a diversity of participants. If your entry contains swearing or offensive language it will not be included. By submitting your entry you are giving permission for Tullie House to edit and use your footage, words and images within the exhibition and on social media.


On: 01 st September 2020, 10:00 am Until: 14 th September 2020, 5:00 pm