- 392 pages, 24 color illus., 157 b&w illus., 7 maps, 2 tables
- 7 x 10 inches (larger format)
- Fully referenced and indexed
- Hard Cover Bound
- 2 pounds weight
- ISBN 978029574282
- University of Washington Press (November 2017)
- SUBJECT LISTING: Anthropology; Archaeology; Visual Studies
Ancient Ink, the first book dedicated to the archaeological study of tattooing, presents new research from across the globe examining tattooed human remains, tattoo tools, and ancient art. It contributes to our understanding of the antiquity, durability, and significance of tattooing and human body decoration and illuminates how different societies have used their skin to construct their identities. Ancient Ink connects ancient body art traditions to modern culture through Indigenous communities and the work of contemporary tattoo artists.
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“Tattooing is as popular today as at any time in human history, and Ancient Ink will help the layman, as well as the scholar, better understand how we got here.”
–C. W. Eldridge, Tattoo Archive, Winston Salem, North Carolina
“As tattooing has become massively popular, the world has commodified our trade for cash, television shows, magazines, and flash books. Thankfully, every now and then a significant publication comes along that is created by people who know its history and are themselves tattooed. Ancient Ink is an important book and a must for every library.”
–Henk Schiffmacher, tattoo artist and author, The Netherlands
“With contributions by leading lights in the growing field of tattoo studies, Ancient Ink is essential reading for tattoo scholars, artists, and enthusiasts-anyone who cares about the history and diversity of this ancient global practice and its modern iterations.”
–Margot Mifflin, author of Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo