Origin of a tattoo, Japan as the center of the tattoo world. A person was probably engaged in decorating, body design from the moment when the last coat fell off his chest and other parts (see Darwin’s theory). Tattoo, as one of the methods of ritual decoration of the body, is also known since ancient times.
Today, technology for applying images to the body has achieved truly amazing results. The tattoo artist can restore any image on your body, sometimes arguing in skill with a good printer. The tattoo artist’s palette expanded to several dozen colors and shades, the machines became safe, and the process itself is not as painful as in the ancient world. But the tattoo remained a tattoo, despite the fact that it became Continue reading
The modern American anthropologist Lars Krutak (born in 1971) brought to life a truly unique project. As a researcher and lover of tattoos, he likened his body to canvas and managed to inflict a lot of ethnic patterns and scars on it, typical of various ethnic communities located in different parts of our planet. Its skin is decorated with “tattoos” native to Thailand, the Philippines, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, as well as from the Hawaiian Islands, Brazil, Ethiopia, Benin, Mozambique. In the process of implementing this project, a multi-part (9 episodes) film “Tattoo Hunter” of the Discovery Channel was shot. Despite the clearly staged nature of some of the captured scenes, they are very interesting from a cultural point of view.
The project was completed, apparently, for the banal reason that the size of the “canvas” (the body of the researcher) is still limited. Of course, in the world today there are more than nine traditional communities that still practice their unique tattoos. However, Lars Krutak, being a scientist specializing in body art, chose for his project Continue reading
The civilization created by the peoples of the West Siberian region of Russia is a special cultural layer, where the harsh climate and extreme living environment determine the practical nature of traditional art.
To the natives of the Far North it is customary to classify two dozens of centuries living small nations, the number of which is slowly but steadily declining: Sami (Lopari, Lop), Khanty (Ostyaks), Mansi (Voguls), Nenets (Samoyeds), Dolgans, Evenks (Tungus ), Nganasans (Tavgians), Yukagirs, Chuvans, Selkups (Ostyak-Samoyeds), Kets, Enets, Evens (Lamuts), Yugis, Chukchi, Koryak, Kereks, Aleutians, Itelmens (Kamchadals), Eskimos, Aleuts, Kaels and Finns, Komi-Zyryans and Komi-Permyaks, Yakuts (as the territory of the Republic of Sakha-Yakutia extends to the Arctic on the ocean), and even the small nationalities of the Far East. Continue reading