Ink connects. Layered, deeply rooted and a respectful ode to Delft Blue and the art of tattooing.
A unique collaboration between two traditional crafts from the old world. Brought here overseas from the east. Rich with culture, tradition and symbolism. Art forms that are applied manually once. With a needle on the skin or with a brush on baked clay. Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo is a story about faith, hope and love. Composed of exclusive handpainted objects. Designed by Henk Schiffmacher and supplemented with items and stories from his extensive collection.
Where craftsmanship meets
Delft Blue pottery and tattoos may not be the most obvious combination, but they have more in common than thought. Parallels can be found in, among other things, origin, meaning, craftsmanship and mastery. Henk Schiffmacher has made a number of unique objects with the master painters of Royal Delft, where the two worlds literally touch each other. Through the collaboration awareness about craftsmanship, symbolism and traditions arises again, and different target groups come into contact with each other and with new worlds.
Henk Schiffmacher tells
In his life, tattoo artist and artist Henk Schiffmacher has not only created countless works of art, he has also collected tens of thousands of them worldwide. Brought together out of pure curiosity and out of love and respect for the tattoo as an intercultural art form and communication tool. With all accompanying stories and in-depth knowledge. A personal audio tour takes you on a journey between two worlds in a story about faith, hope and love as a substantive thread. A side program consisting of painting workshops, master classes, lectures and a book complete the exhibition.
We’re all immortal as long as our stories are toldHenk Schiffmacher
28 November – 15 March
Throughout the years, tattoo legend Henk Schiffmacher has embarked on a journey, looking for the origins of the old-age ritual of tattooing. After more than four decades his life work, unique heritage in the form of objects, their stories and profound knowledge, will be valorized, administrated, preserved and made visible and accessible to the public. It will be served towards education, museums, investigation and those who are interested. Why? For the purpose of sharing knowledge worldwide about meaning, rituals and stories before it gets lost. Creating awareness about identity, transience and respect.
René van Dijk is the driving force behind and creator of the Blue Pearls of Delft and responsible for every issue. In daily life he is a cross-media designer at Pixlbar. Get to know more about Pixlbar