Society & Tattoo History

The inked Soul

Pictures that get under your skin have been around at all times. Previously, the skin was scratched with sharp stones or bones and then rubbed with ash or plant color. Today, tattoo artists around the world make their dream come true. What seemed shocking or at least irritating years ago has long since become socially […]

Tattoos in a working environment: What employers may and may not require?

What , when and where is body-art okay, explains labor law expert Erwin Fuchs Whether or not they look aesthetically pleasing, they can be discussed excellently in individual cases, such as in the forum of a STANDARD video. It is clear: tattoos have become mainstream. Almost a quarter of Austrians are tattooed, according to a […]

LARS KRUTAK – Tattoo Anthropologist

Lars Krutak received his Ph.D. at Arizona State University’s School of Human Evolution & Social Change in 2009. Since 2003, he has been studying the socioeconomic impacts of tourism and tourism promotion on indigenous Rarámuri (Tarahumara) arts and crafts vendors living in the Copper Canyon region of Mexico for his dissertation. Krutak began tattoo research in 1996 as a […]

The Bisayans were the most tattooed people in pre-colonial Philippines

… and that’s why the Spaniards called them the “Pintados” It is argued that the Visayans and Pintados–who are the ones found in the Camarines, Leyte, Samar, Panay, Zebu, and other neighboring territories–came from the large island of Macasar, which is very powerful and densely populated. It has its emperor, who is called Sumbanco, and […]

How Did Japan’s Tattoo Taboo Begin?

If you know anything about Japanese tattoos, you’ll know that it’s a general taboo to be tattooed, mostly because of the historical connection between tattoos and the local mafia, the Yakuza. But the real history behind Japan’s problems with tattoos is far more complex, and dates back several centuries to matters of policy and oppression, […]

Are Tattoos Part of Latin American Culture?

Among the many tribes and cultures that practiced tattooing centuries before the Age of Discovery, some of the oldest and most well-preserved prehistoric tattoos we have access to come from modern-day Central and South America. The tattoo is an important part of Latin American culture, and while most of ancient Mesoamerica was destroyed in the […]

Which Cultures Use Tattoos and What’s the Meaning?

The oldest definitive proof we have of ancient and pre-historic skin art comes from Ötzi the Iceman; a preserved human discovered in the Dolomites of Italy. Ötzi lived and died some five thousand years ago, passing away at approximately 43-years-old. He suffered from a number of degenerative ailments, from Lyme disease to heart problems, rotten […]

How Did They Tattoo in Ancient Times?

With tattoos tracing back to prehistoric times and Stone Age culture in many parts throughout the world, it’s natural to assume that the methods in which human skin has been marked over the centuries has changed drastically. While modern-day tattoo parlors pride themselves on antiseptic practices, strict rules of cleanliness, and clean, sterile machinery, our […]

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If anyone’s recently seen the latest episodes of History Channel’s Vikings TV show, or watched any of its previous seasons, they would have likely noticed that many of the main characters portrayed throughout the show are lovingly adorned with a variety of different tattoos. The show attempts to depict a somewhat revised and dramatized summary […]