OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (WLOX) - The Walter Anderson Museum of Art has unveiled an exhibit that focuses on the Anderson family. It’s titled Bloodlines: Matt Stebly.
Painter Walter Anderson was known for watercolor depictions of nature on paper, while Stebly creates art by putting ink on skin. But the two art forms are more connected than one might think
Stebly, who owns Twisted Anchor Tattoo on Government Street in Ocean Springs, said more and more people are now realizing that tattooing is art and its becoming more mainstream.
“For a majority of people, tattooing is still considered taboo. Most tattooers are actually fine artists,” said Stebly.
Stebly paints and draws often using tattoo ink. Many of his images are inspired by the coast’s natural beauty just as his great grandfather’s work was. The museum wanted to show the generational connection.
The exhibit includes equipment used in tattooing and offers a look back at the history of the practice in our area, dating back centuries. Bloodlines Matt Stebly,
Bloodlines offers a great family story, an educational experience, as well as an inside look at the world of tattooing and at someone who is celebrating his own creativity on canvas and on skin.
“This is an opportunity to showcase the history of Gulf Coast tattooing and someone on the Coast who is doing an amazing job,” said Rankin.