300 years of New York tattoos: From Native Americans to beauty queens
10 February 2017 Last updated at 23:24 GMT
"Tattoos stand as indelible marks of empowerment," says Cristian Petru Panaite, assistant curator of Exhibitions at the New York Historical Society.
The historical society's latest exhibit looks at 300 years of New York tattoos, including ink on Native Americans, sailors and beauty queens.
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