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DPLAfest 2017—the fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America’s broad community—will take place on April 20-21, 2017 in Chicago at Chicago Public Library’s Harold Washington Library Center. For more information, visit the DPLA website.
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Thursday, April 20 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The Walking Art Collection: How Tattoos Tell Stories of Identity

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One in three Americans have tattoos and Americans spend 1.6 billion on tattoos every year. For many, tattoos are a way to address difficult issues like war, loss, and cancer. The role of libraries and museums is, in part, to build understanding through stories, including the elements we're grappling with such as mortality, illness, and conflict and tattoos have proven to be a great way to broach those topics. Museums like the Field Museum in Chicago and online exhibits like WarInk have tapped into this with extremely successful exhibitions based on the exploration of tattoos and their meaning for individuals and communities. Explore issues of storytelling, appropriation, self expression, copyright, and collection/exhibit development with a diverse panel: a renowned tattoo artist, a curator from the Field museum, and a librarian that co-created WarInk, a digital exhibit that allows veterans to tell their stories through their tattoos.


David Allen

Artist, Allen Tattoo
David Allen is a world renowned tattooer and fledgling painter. It’s never been any particular medium that held David Allen’s attention. He’s moved effortlessly through disciplines, ultimately pursuing the most interpersonal — tattooing — the one-on-one tightrope thrills... Read More →

Chris Brown

Deputy County Librarian, Santa Clara County Library District
In 2014 Chris Brown served as the Project Director for the Contra Costa County Library’s digital exhibit War Ink. The project would be featured in over a hundred and fifty media outlets such as KQED’s Forum, Mashable, and The Washington Post. War Ink would later be awarded a John... Read More →
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Jamie Hollier

Co-CEO and Founder, Anneal, Inc
Jamie Hollier is a product owner, entrepreneur, and consultant who is passionate about technology and how it can be used to create stronger communities and improve operations. She has been honored as a White House “Champion of Change” and has been the lead for award winning projects... Read More →

Alaka Wali

Curator of North American Anthropology, The Field Museum
Alaka Wali is Curator of North American Anthropology at The Field Museum. She received her BA at Harvard University and her PhD at Columbia University. She has conducted research in both Central and South America and in the urban United States on the human-environment interface and... Read More →

Thursday April 20, 2017 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
Multipurpose Room B Lower Level