Tattoo History Daily

Sep 01

#etching version of Otto Dix’s #tattooedlady from 1922

#etching version of Otto Dix’s #tattooedlady from 1922

Aug 29

Are there any indigenous Bedouin or Berber tattoos artists working today that I could feature in my upcoming World Atlas of Tattoos??? Will be launching a series of historical photos for the next couple weeks from the Middle East and North Africa to see who might have connections with these practices in the present day! Please send any and all leads. This image is of a Shammar woman (Iraq) from Smeaton, 1937.

Are there any indigenous Bedouin or Berber tattoos artists working today that I could feature in my upcoming World Atlas of Tattoos??? Will be launching a series of historical photos for the next couple weeks from the Middle East and North Africa to see who might have connections with these practices in the present day! Please send any and all leads. This image is of a Shammar woman (Iraq) from Smeaton, 1937.

Aug 17

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!

Aug 15

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.

Aug 14

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.

Jul 29

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.

Jul 18

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

Jul 17

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.

Jul 05

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)