Living Ink in Pacific and United States Tattoo

Sincere thanks to Kambiz Kamrani for asking about the motivation and meaning behind my book Tattooing the World: Pacific Designs in Print and Skin (Columbia University Press, 2008). The book is inspired first by sheer love of the designs and their meanings. What an amazing story it is to consider the way modern tattoo was... Continue Reading →

Introducing a new guest blogger, Juniper Ellis, author of “Tattooing the World”

I remember as an undergraduate at UCSC, I had a discussion with a graduate student who was studying tattoo culture. I forgot her name, but I know she was a student of Triloki Pandey. As part of her dissertation, she engaged in some participant observation to understand the mentality and transformation one makes when becoming... Continue Reading →

On Human Genetic Variation and Human Identity

The breakthrough of 2007, as announced by AAAS, the nonprofit organization that publishes Science, is human genetic variation. Human genetic variation has been studied for quite sometime and the primary reason to study genetic variation in humans is to discover and describe the linkage of genes to many human diseases. This is an increasingly powerful... Continue Reading →

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