Royal Delft and Schiffmacher Tattoo Heritage present:
Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo

An unexpected collaboration about faith, hope and love

Ink connects. Layered, deeply rooted and respectfully an ode to the Delft Blue and the art of tattooing. A unique collaboration between two traditional crafts from an old world. Overseas brought here from the east. Rich in culture, tradition and symbolism. Art forms that are applied manually once. With needle in the skin or with a brush on earthenware. Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo is a story about faith, hope and love. Composed of exclusively designed hand-painted objects. Designed by Henk Schiffmacher and supplemented with items and stories from his extensive collection.

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. With Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo these two unexpected worlds come together in a surprising exhibition. 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 between Royal Delft and the Schiffmacher Tattoo Heritage, awareness about craftsmanship, symbolism and traditions arises again, and different target groups come into contact with each other and with new worlds.

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. Schiffmacher Royal Blue Tattoo will open on November 28 and can be visited by the public until October 31.