• 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London
  • 10.00am - 5.30pm
  • FREE
  • Chelsea, London

Tribute Ink Late

Chelsea Pensioner visiting the Tribute Ink exhibition
Connect with the art, the history and the meaning behind tattoos through the lens of the Armed Forces.

In partnership with The Royal British Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum.

The Royal British Legion and the National Memorial Arboretum logo


6.30pm - 6.55pm, 7.35pm - 8pm, 8.50pm - 9.30pm

Army Rock Band

The British Army Rock Band will be playing the greatest hits from the world of rock and pop throughout the evening.

6.45pm - 7.15pm, 7.30pm - 8.15pm, 8.30pm - 9pm

Life drawing with Art Macabre

Try your hand at life-drawing with the renowned Art Macabre. Members of the armed forces family will act as models, displaying their tattoos to and revealing the story behind them.

7pm - 7.30pm

A brief history of tattoos

Dr Matt Lodder, Senior Art Historian at the University of Essex, will be revealing the historical significance of tattoos. Dr Matt Lodder in conversation with Michael Coates, host of Declassifed Podcast

8pm - 8.45pm

'Inking' the Army: Panel discussion

Tattoos play an important part within the Armed Forces community. Listen to our panel exploring the role of tattoos as symbols of personal remembrance. 

Chaired by Michael Coates from Declassified Podcast, join serving soldiers and Chelsea Pensioners as they talk about their tattoos as marking memories and remembering the fallen.

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Temporary Tattoo Parlour

Get yourself a temporary tattoo for the night as we partner with Poppy & Perle.

6.30pm - 9.30pm


Tattoos are often a way to remember fallen comrades. Make your own poppy as a personal act of remembrance.

6.30pm - 9.30pm

Themed refreshments

Don't miss our tattoo-themed drinks available at the Cookhouse Cafe.

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"First time @NAM_London today. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Thought the presentation & interpretation made the subject accessible..."