Live Tattoo Demonstration

Tattoo artist Joel Molina tattoos a client in The Field Museum's tattoo shop

Watch tattoo artist Joel Molina of The Chicago Tattooing Company at work in The Field Museum’s tattoo shop.

Free with purchase of an All-Access or Discovery Pass that includes Tattoo.

Watch master artists in action as they ink clients in our working tattoo shop. Tattoo artists from around Chicago will work out of the in-exhibition tattoo shop on select dates between 11am and 4:30pm.

All ages may enter the exhibition, but guests under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian to enter the tattoo shop.



Tattoo artist Joel Molina
Joel Molina

The Chicago Tattooing Company

Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Joel had an interest in tattooing from an early age. First getting tattooed at 15, he thought would only get a few tattoos, not that it would turn into a lifelong passion. He attended college at the University of Illinois and found himself hanging out at the local tattoo shop frequently. After making friends with owner of New Life Tattoos, Tattoo Tilt, he served an apprenticeship, learning traditional American and Japanese tattooing. He is presently at Chicago’s oldest-running tattoo shop, The Chicago Tattooing & Piercing Company.