How the Tattoo Industry Has Evolved Since the Early 1900s

You may be surprised to know that the history of body art dates back many centuries and has held an essential place in art lovers' lives. The tattoo industry has been through a riveting evolution, having been practised since early times.  So, where did the journey begin, how has this body art transitioned over the... Continue Reading →

All 62 of Ötzi's tattoos have been mapped. They are mostly located over joint spaces and are thought to play a therapeutic role given he suffered from degenerative joint disease. We will never know if these were tattoos served as markers for therapy, like acupuncture, or they were treatment themselves. The full text publication can... Continue Reading →

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 →

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