The Bastrop Museum and Visitor Center welcomes its newest exhibit: “Stories Inked in Skin.” The collection explores the topic of tattooing with a focus on how it is used to symbolize resilience and showcase artistic expression in the Bastrop County community.

Two of the individuals featured in the exhibit are Kyra Kradjel, a resident sharing their commemorative tattoo after she lost her home in the 2011 Bastrop Complex fire, and 11-year-old freehand tattoo artist Ruby Brewster.

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The exhibit will be available for viewing until Oct. 26.

On July 12, the Bastrop Museum will celebrate the unveiling of the new exhibit with a free public event starting at 5:30 p.m.

There will be presentations by local tattoo artists from Howdy Y’all Tattoo and Remember Me Tattoos. Some of the Bastrop County residents who are featured in the exhibit will share the stories behind their tattoos. There will also be interactive displays showcasing the history behind tattoo art, and light refreshments will be served.

“Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast or simply curious about the stories etched onto the skin of your neighbors, this exhibit promises a captivating and thought-provoking experience,” said Heather Bloom, the exhibit’s curator and museum collections manager.