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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