First Coast Connect: U2 Fans Display Tattoos For UNF Art Exhibit

Aug 16, 2016

It’s not exactly something you’d expect to see hanging in the Louvre. A very unusual art exhibit is on display at the University of North Florida Gallery of Art.

“Ink, Icons, Identity: Exploring U2’s Brand Through Fan Tattoos” is a multimedia project that examines the personal experiences of U2 fans and their relationship with the Irish rock band.

UNF Assistant Professor of graphic design and digital media Beth Nabi is curator of the exhibit. She is a big fan of U2 but does not display any tattoos.

On "First Coast Connect" Tuesday, Nabi said someone doesn’t have to be a fan of the band, or even tattoos, to enjoy the exhibit.

"They’re fascinating, and the reason for that is because they are such a diverse spread,” she said. “U2 doesn’t have that singular iconic mark like a band like the Rolling Stones do, and that’s what really motivated the project was to see the diversity of what fans get tattooed.”

The display continues at UNF through Aug. 26. It will then move to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland as part of U2's 40th anniversary celebration.