Tattooed and Tenacious
Sacramento History Museum


Far from being a modern phenomenon or a fad, tattoos have a long, rich history. Discover California’s part of that history at the Sacramento History Museum’s latest exhibit! “Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History” uses photographs, personal histories, and artifacts to highlight the history of tattoos and women in the state. From Indigenous women, to Victorian-era heiress Aimée Crocker, to modern women today, the exhibit shows off a largely unknown part of history. The exhibit also highlights how tattoos have changed over time while highlighting the work of contemporary women tattoo artists around the Sacramento region. Discover the fascinating stories behind the ink as local women share the personal reasons why they chose tattoos to capture or express a moment in their lives.

“Tattooed & Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History” runs February 17 – June 2, 2024. The exhibit is included with admission to the Sacramento History Museum; open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Tattooed and Tenacious: Inked Women in California’s History,” was originated by curator Amy Cohen at the Hayward Area Historical Society in Hayward, CA, and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy