The Poor Man’s Rembrandt

Visitors to Amsterdam often take home Rembrandt related artwork in the form of posters, postcards, or T-shirts. Now they can also take home  permanent Dutch souvenirs on their own bodies. Travelers searching for that perfect keepsake of their time in the Netherlands can have one of Rembrandt van Rijn’s masterpieces in the form of a tattoo permanently applied by a tattoo studio aptly dubbed The Poor Man’s Rembrandt Project at the Rembrandthuis Museum.

Dutch tattoo artistsHenk Schiffmacher ( aka Hanky Panky) and Tycho Veldhoen will set up at the studio offering a wide variety designs based on the artist’s popular artworks. Rembrandt fans will get inked right where Rembrandt lived and worked from 1639 to 1658.

“We see ourselves as the artists’ house. Rembrandt was not just living there and working there, but also teaching his pupils,” museum director Milou Halbesma commented. “We want to work in our new studio space with Dutch artists to connect with the public—and we consider Schiffmacher and Veldhoen artists. It’s about the challenge for every museum: to reach the next generation.”

Tattoo buyers  can choose from a variety of Rembrandt-inspired designs, from a selection of his self-portraits to imagery drawn from his etchings, as well a copy of the artist’s signature and even a drawing of the Rembrandt House Museum itself.


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1 Response to The Poor Man’s Rembrandt

  1. Carol says:

    I guess if you like tattoos, this is a unique option to consider. Just visited A-dam for the first time last month.

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