Tattoo by Stan Corona, Photo by Kip Fulbeck
Richmond didn’t invent body art, though to look around at times, you might think so. The practice is an ancient tradition, as demonstrated in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ photography exhibition “Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition.” Coming here from the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the show features work by seven internationally renowned tattoo artists. The portraits by exhibition designer Kip Fulbeck include some life-size pictures of full-body tattoos. A two-session class on June 4 and 11 (6:30 p.m., $50) explores the art form’s history and influences, such as Japanese calligraphy and woodblock printmaking. $10. 340-1400 or vmfa.museum.