Even though getting that feather infinity tattoo feels like a big “this is who I am now, Mom!” moment in the lives of many a rebellious Millennial, tattoos have been en vogue for awhile now — a fact that Chicago’s famed Field Museum wants to point out in its new exhibit, “Tattoo.” A practice that has been around for more than 5,000 years, the art of inking one’s skin has had different meanings across evolving cultures, eras, and perspectives.

Opening on October 21st, the exhibit is a touring show from France that will have five distinct sections exploring the history of tools used for tattooing, the meaning behind the practice, global perspectives of inking one’s skin, a look at our modern flat world of idea sharing… And a pop-up tattoo parlor where museum patrons can pen their name into inked history.

Featuring six incredibly popular local artists — whose waiting lists are months long, if not years — the museum’s pop-up shop has 42 pre-drawn designs that 36 lucky patrons can choose from. For folks who don’t want to get inked, they are invited to watch others get tattooed as a live demonstration of the practice between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm on select dates. Though all 36 slots have been booked from the opening day through April 30th, you can still sign up for the wait list and cross your fingers that someone rethinks their permanent ink.

Want to get inked? The exhibit runs from October 21st to April 30th, 2017. Admission to the museum is $38 for adults, $32 for students and seniors, and $26 for children. The cost of a tattoo appointment is $250 and includes museum admission.

Okay, everyone, let’s head to Chicago!

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Mary Zakheim
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When she is not figuring out what the middle button on her headphones is for, explaining the difference between Washington State and Washington D.C., arriving to the airport too early or refusing to use the Oxford comma, you can usually find Mary in the mountains, at a show or on her couch. Mary is a content writer at Fareportal and likes annoying her coworkers with weird GIFs throughout the day.