Lars Krutak speaks with Dr. Rita Louise about Indigenous tattoo history (2016)

Long neglected by anthropologists, Dr. Krutak explains how tattooing history is relevant as we revive this ancient tradition.

Lars Krutak – TEDx Talk on Indigenous Tattoo Heritage (2015)

For nearly twenty years, I have been on a mission to document the vanishing world of Indigenous tattooing culture. I explore this research in the TEDx talk posted here.

Lars Krutak – Tattoo Traditions of Native North America Lecture (2015)

Part I of my lecture on the new book held at Colin Dale’s Skin & Bone Tattoo (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Lars Krutak – Tattoo Traditions of Native North America Lecture (2015)

Part II of my lecture on the new book held at Colin Dale’s Skin & Bone Tattoo (Copenhagen, Denmark).

Lars Krutak – Tattoo Traditions of Native North America (2015)

An interview with filmmaker Maellyn Macintosh about Krutak’s groundbreaking book.

Nā Loea: Ancestral Ink (2014)

A documentary about Native Hawaiian master tattoo artist Keone Nunes.

Whang-Od, the Last Kalinga Tattoo Master (2014)

Angelo Balanon journeys to Buscalan village to receive ink from the 94-year-old Kalinga tattoo guru.

Keone Nunes: The Art of Hawaiian Kakau (2013)

The Hawaiian tattoo master at work speaking about the role of kakau across history.

The Journey North: Through the Eyes of Kalinga Tradition (2013)

A Philippine filmmaker journeys to meet the last Kalinga tattoo artist and learn more about the meaning of the ancient tattoo tradition…”

Interview with Lars Krutak at the 2012 Florence Tattoo Convention

Dr. Lars Krutak on his new book, Magical Tattoos and Scarification. THANK YOU Maellyn Macintosh for making this!

Interview with Lars Krutak about his book MAGICAL TATTOOS AND SCARIFICATION

Tep Tok – Reading Between Our Lines

Follow two women of Papua New Guinea and Australian descent as they explore their traditions of tattooing on a journey which takes them from Australia to PNG, New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, Cook Islands and back. Aiming to bring to light a vanishing ancient tattoo practice; exploring their desire to reinvent what has been lost. This is the beginning of their journey…

The Pintados Project

A journey into the convergence of ancient Filipino traditions (eg., tattoo) and modern expressions of a nation reclaiming its cultural identity. Much respect to Heather Fassio, Elle Festin, and Mark of the Four Waves Tribe!

Tattoo: Living Black

Here is my extended interview with SBS reporter Josh Ridgeway at the Rites of Passage festival in Melbourne, Australia, 2012. Aspects of this video interview appeared on television across Australia in the series “Living Black.”

Travelling Ink (2010)

Through conversations with leading tattooists and historians from around the world, this film explores the artistry, philosophy, meaning and history of tattooing at the site of the 2010 London Tattoo Convention. The film conveys the importance of travelling and the tattoo convention, the commitment of members of the tattoo community to their art, and the challenges they face in reconciling tradition with modernity, and spirituality with mass-appeal.

The Last Kalinga Tattooist (2008) – Part I

Rare footage of Whang-Od tattooing Elaine Tima at the 2008 Batok Festival in Tabuk City, Kalinga Province, in a dark back room.

The Last Kalinga Tattooist (2008) – Part II

Rare footage of Whang-Od tattooing Elaine Tima at the 2008 Batok Festival in Tabuk City, Kalinga Province, in a dark back room.