Matt Lodder

An evening with Doctor Matt Lodder: Sutherland MacDonald

10614268_962482807113038_4900246450809471345_nFor our UK Readers:
My friend Dr. Matt Lodder is going to be giving a talk on 29th January 2015 at the wonderfully named Cock a Snook on the life and times of British tattoo artist Sutherland MacDonald- including never before seen photos of Sutherland’s work.
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“For nearly forty years crowned heads and famous people climbed the narrow staircase in Jermyn Street to visit Macdonald and to leave bearing some of the most wonderful ornaments ever placed on human skin. A well spoken, intelligent and gentle man, Sutherland Macdonald made friends of his customers, who treated him as an equal.”- George Burchett



A talk with Dr. Matt Lodder

Dr. Matt Lodder photographed by Al Overdrive

My friend Matt will be giving a talk about Tattoos perception in the media on July 14th. Anyone in the UK who can make it out should consider the trip; Matt is passionately devoted to tattoo history and culture and I’m sure it will be very much so worth your time. Information follows:


Dr. Matt Lodder, ‘Not Just for Sailors: A Sceptical Look at Media Perceptions of Tattooing in the West’
Greater Manchester Skeptics in the Pub

14th July at TV21, Northern Quarter, Manchester. Doors 7:30pm. Donation £3.00

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“As an opening line for an article in a popular newspaper about tattoos, the suggestion that “tattoos are not just for sailors anymore” is a familiar one. Indeed, it often feels as if the same sentiment graces every article about tattooing in the mainstream press: Tattooing, we’ve been told again and again recently, is coming of age – finally coming out of the murky shadows of the deviant underworld to leave its mark on the most well-heeled. Tattoos are now to be seen on catwalks, on trading floors and around the chicest tables.

The hacks who churn out these stories might be surprised to learn,then, that the popular media has been reporting the arrival of tattooing in high society for nearly one hundred years.

In a talk drawing on his doctoral thesis, Matt will be presenting a skeptical look at media perceptions of tattooing in recent decades, and present an alternative way of looking at, and thinking about tattoos: as art objects in their own right.

Doors open 7:30pm, talk will start at 8pm.
Suggested voluntary donation of £3

In the Basement at TV21!”