At Amsterdam’s Rembrandt House Museum, visitors can get some sweet ink inspired by the Dutch Old Master’s portraits and etchings.
Meet the Tattoo Artists Who Champion Body Positivity
Young, queer, and non-White tattoo artists are exploring how the artform can complement the body’s natural curves and colors.
Local Politician Tattooed Teen’s “I Voted” Sticker on Her Arm
The deputy mayor of New Paltz, New York, tweeted that she would get a 14-year-old’s design tattooed if it won Ulster County’s “I Voted” sticker contest. She actually did it
A Tattoo Artist’s History of Tattoos
TATTOO: 1730s-1970s. Henk Schiffmacher’s Private Collection is strong on the presentation of images, but says very little about their meaning.
Tattoo Artist Ed Hardy Enters Museum Doors
“It’s a terrific affirmation, not only for myself, but for a lot of the old bandits and pirates that helped me in the business.”
Researchers Believe They’ve Identified the World’s Oldest Tattoo Kit
The findings lend insight into ancient Native American inking traditions.
An Artist Borrows from Obscure Books for a Pop-Up Tattoo Shop
For her tattoo designs, Doreen Garner mined the Reanimation Library, a collection of obscure books, finding hand signals and “the occasional escalator going up into a vagina.”
World’s Oldest Figural Tattoos Found on Two Ancient Egyptian Mummies
The 5,000-year-old mummies, which have been at the British Museum, have tattoos of a wild bull, sheep, and alphabet-like motifs.
Japan’s Tattoo Art, in Classic Woodblock Prints
Ukiyo-e artists produced woodblock prints incorporating depictions of tattooed bodies that told personal stories of their own.
The History of Tattoos in New York, from Bowery Sensation to Banned Art
The New-York Historical Society explores three centuries of Gotham’s relationship to the tattoo through vintage images, electric pens, and live demonstrations.
Ancient Obsidian Tools Were Used for Tattooing, Archaeologists Find
You may find stick-and-pokes an intense form of tattooing, but the use of needles, safety pins, or other common sharp objects doesn’t look quite so rough when you consider that ancient Melanesians inked themselves with volcanic glass.
The World’s Oldest Tattoos Are on the Weathered Skin of an Alpine Ice Mummy
When hikers in the Alps stumbled upon the mummy known as Ötzi the Iceman along the Austrian–Italian border in 1991, the body was so well preserved that they feared they’d discovered the corpse of a fellow mountaineer.