When the 5,300-year-old mummy of Ötzi the Iceman was found 30 years ago, researchers found 61 tattoos on it. A scholar explains how tattoos have been a sacred part of many cultures across the world.
The pandemic has made some people rush to get tattoos for different reasons. A tattoo historian explains why tattoos are often seen to be ‘trashy,’ a view likely influenced by colonialism.
What did all those weird tattoos mean?
Tattoos might be the norm, but Surface Guided RadioTherapy for breast cancer is both more accurate, and doesn’t require a permanent mark.
Researchers are developing tattoo inks that do more than make pretty colors. Some can sense chemicals, temperature and UV radiation, setting the stage for tattoos that diagnose health problems.
In an industry beset by appropriation, the licensing of an Indigenous artwork for use in a tattoo is a rare sign of respect for the intellectual property rights of artists.
We may think tattooing is a modern phenomenon, but the reasons for its popularity are not dissimilar to those seen in the prisons and convict ships of the Victorian era.
An anthropologist works in American Samoa, taking advantage of the island’s longstanding tattoo culture to tease out the effects tattoos have on the body’s immune function.
Tattooing tools made and used 2,700 years ago include two blades made on human bone.
A tattooed professor explains how the unconventional became rather, well, ordinary. Will we now see more on show in the workplace?
Why is jewellery so important to the story of human evolution? Because it provides a public message – even to people we don’t know.
For thousands of years, tattoos have been indicative of the passage from girlhood to womanhood, of female power and female beauty.
The law isn’t clear on whether someone can even consent to eyeball tattoos, skin implants, tongue splitting or ear pointing.
Japanese tattoos have been popular in the UK since King George V. But things are different in Japan.
No amount of whittling down dating criteria to glasses, beards, or tattoos will allow you to bypass the simple fact that finding someone takes work.
Tattoos often seem like a good idea in the moment, but tattoo regret is common. There is good reason, not the least of which is infection.
Of the 49 inks tested, only four complied with the European standards. Carcinogens were found in more than one-fifth of the samples, and in 83% of the black inks.
Copyright and trademark law mean that the body art inked into your skin may leave you open to an infringement lawsuit.
Delving into the graphic past of tattoos.
Scarification is becoming a popular alternative to tattooing — but there is one big difference.