Rock of ages

iconography in american traditional tattooing

May 16 - July 07


Exhibition Opening & Official Opening Party for the Bay Area Tattoo Convention: Thursday, May 16th, 8-11pm

In collaboration with the Bay Area Tattoo Convention of some of the Bay Area’s most iconic tattoo shops, this exhibition focuses on seven major icons in American Traditional Tattooing, their origin stories, early forms and how they’ve evolved in contemporary tattooing.

Through historical research, archival works, and both artwork and photographs from contemporary tattoo artists, we’ll explore the Rock of Ages, Panther, Rose of No Man's Land, Wolf Poison, Sacred Heart, Diving Swallows, and Dragon icons.

Our opening reception will also function as the official opening party for the Bay Area Tattoo Convention and incorporate live tattooing and live models alongside all the artwork and a musical headliner.



Taki Kitamura, State of Grace Tattoo
Luke Stewart, Seventh Son Tattoo
Jeff Croci, Seventh Son Tattoo
Joaquin Guiterez (aka Acetates), Seventh Son Tattoo
Cindy Maxwell, Seventh Son Tattoo
David Robinson, Seventh Son Tattoo
Zac Shein, Seventh Son Tattoo
Katie Gray, Black Heart Tattoo
Mike Davis, Everlasting Tattoo
Paul Dobleman, Spider Murphy’s Tattoo
Kahlil Rintye, Tattoo City
Aaron Mason, Old Rose Tattoo
Tony Cruz, Old Rose Tattoo
Lango Oliveira, Black Heart Tattoo
Rob Merril, One Shot Tattoo
Lianna DeGuzmann, Diving Swallow
More TBA

Live tattooing by

Katie Gray, Black Heart Tattoo
Megan Sanchez

The incredible photographer, Mariah Tiffany, will be coming to shoot this event and will also have a photo-booth setup to photograph guests who have any of the 7 exhibited icons tattooed on their body.