In October 2019, we installed a new exhibition at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Called “Tribute Ink”, it explores historical and contemporary themes of remembrance and belonging in conflict reflected in tattoo and body art. The timeline illustrates the long history of body art from stone age warriors to Victorian sailors. But a large part of the exhibition investigates contemporary examples of body art in the UK armed forces, including the harrowing stories behind the tattoos. Featuring the dramatic photography of Charlie Clift, it’s sometimes funny, sometimes tragically moving. The exhibition is on at the NMA until December after which it starts a 22 venue UK tour.
“From the initial consultation to installation, Vertigo were a joy to work with. They produced an exhibition which exceeded even our highest expectations – the quality of the design and the fabrication are both fantastic.”
Christopher Ansell, Interpretation and Exhibitions Officer, NMA
Design & build the temporary, touring “Tribute Ink” exhibition for the NMA