1984 photo by Letizia Battaglia of a murdered Italian #mafia member. See FB for link to the article!

1984 photo by Letizia Battaglia of a murdered Italian #mafia member. See FB for link to the article!

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Another in-my-backyard body-art artifacts. Scarification on a mid 19th c. Chokwe mask (Angola/DRC) of the “idealized ancestral chief Chihongo” from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection.

Another in-my-backyard body-art artifacts. Scarification on a mid 19th c. Chokwe mask (Angola/DRC) of the “idealized ancestral chief Chihongo” from the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection.

Full figurine of previous image. Mayan figurine c. 650-800 AD from the Art Institute of Chicago. Caption notes body art is a mix of scarification, tattooing, and paint and that this is probably a portrait of a specific military commander.

Full figurine of previous image. Mayan figurine c. 650-800 AD from the Art Institute of Chicago. Caption notes body art is a mix of scarification, tattooing, and paint and that this is probably a portrait of a specific military commander.

Mayan figurine c. 650-800 AD from the Art Institute of Chicago. Caption notes body art is a mix of scarification, tattooing, and paint and that this is probably a portrait of a specific military commander.

Mayan figurine c. 650-800 AD from the Art Institute of Chicago. Caption notes body art is a mix of scarification, tattooing, and paint and that this is probably a portrait of a specific military commander.

Another Lacassagne collection tattooed prisoner drawing by Émile Simonet (aka Fanfan), 1933. Link to more info on the THD FB.

Another Lacassagne collection tattooed prisoner drawing by Émile Simonet (aka Fanfan), 1933. Link to more info on the THD FB.

Another fascinating 19th c organized crime tattoo from Lombroso/De Blasio, caption notes this #cat is a “hieroglyphic nickname” for a Camorra head honcho

Another fascinating 19th c organized crime tattoo from Lombroso/De Blasio, caption notes this #cat is a “hieroglyphic nickname” for a Camorra head honcho

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Fascinating Italian organized crime tattoo from Lombroso after De Blasio (late 19th c), caption notes these are lines and dots indicating the various ranks of Camorra.

Fascinating Italian organized crime tattoo from Lombroso after De Blasio (late 19th c), caption notes these are lines and dots indicating the various ranks of Camorra.

Was thinking about how amazing it would be if there were #fireworks that looked like this #tattoo design! (Marquesan motif from Handy)

Was thinking about how amazing it would be if there were #fireworks that looked like this #tattoo design! (Marquesan motif from Handy)

Went and did a bit of research the other day…found this gem of a pierced #heart design in a wonderful #tattoo #manuscript circa 1907. This might form the foundation of one of my own tattoos in the future.

Went and did a bit of research the other day…found this gem of a pierced #heart design in a wonderful #tattoo #manuscript circa 1907. This might form the foundation of one of my own tattoos in the future.

Pre-order your copy of the forthcoming second edition of friend and colleague Amelia Klem Osterud’s fabulous book, The Tattooed Lady: A History, to find out more about this image: amzn.com/1589799968

Pre-order your copy of the forthcoming second edition of friend and colleague Amelia Klem Osterud’s fabulous book, The Tattooed Lady: A History, to find out more about this image: amzn.com/1589799968