Live Tattoo Demonstration

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

Watch tattoo artist Stephanie Brown of Butterfat Studios 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 Stephanie Brown
Stephanie Brown

Butterfat Studios
A multidisciplinary artist, Stephanie graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has worked closely with Peggy Macnamara, the artist-in-residence at The Field Museum. Using the Museum's natural history collections as a guide, she applies the fine line work of scientific illustrations to her tattoos and paintings. The flowing, organic lines in her drawings complement and accentuate the human form. Acknowledging the chasm between modern human experience and nature, the tattoos act as totems for the wearers to carry throughout their lives—and a reminder of our place in the natural world.