Ancient Ink

Ancient Ink

DVD - 2010
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From a tattooed pig to a secret Masonic code hidden in a tattoo to the baffling concept of invisible tattoos, this is the shocking world of ancient ink. Presented is a colorful look into how the ancient art of tattooing has changed over the centuries. Included is fascinating footage and expert interviews.
Publisher: [United States] : A&E Television Networks, [2010]
ISBN: 9781422985717
Branch Call Number: 391.6509
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Jul 13, 2017

This was a short program from the History Channel. I have no tattoos nor any interest in ever getting one, but am intrigued by the cultural, ethnic, social background of tattoos. The host has several tattoos and gets a few more during the show. He starts in New Zealand - talks and meets with Maori artists who explain the Moko (the Maori facial tattoo). He moves onto to Hawaii where he learns about Polynesian tattoos and the ancient practice of tattooing called tapping. Next onto to New Orleans were he meets a professor who has found a mummy with tattooed hands (she was from Peru) and they discuss the Ice Man, a mummy 5,000 years old who had tattoos. He then speaks to an artist who sews tattoos – a practice utilized by the Inuit/Arctic people in Alaska. Next onto Japan to learn about the full body tattoos created by the Yakuza (originally) who were Japanese Mafia groups (tattoos are still not socially acceptable in Japan - they might kick you out of a pool or spa if you have tattoos) because of their criminal affiliation. He visits a University that has several full body tattoo skins in the Medical collection. He meets with current tattoo masters who use an ancient practice called hand poking. The host visits a prison in Arizona to learn about prison tattoos. Talks about circus side shows and/or freak shows that had people with unique tattoos. Goes on to talk about military tattoos (focusing on the Marine Corp and the Navy.) Mentions warrior tattoos historically, the Pict people of ancient Scotland had tattoos, as well as, certain Native American tribes such as the Mohawk. He ends in Hollywood to learn about trendy new tattoos. One guy creates invisible tattoos that only appear under ultraviolet / black-light lights and another guy tattoos eyeballs – yes, eyeballs! Why would anyone want to tattoo their eyeballs? If you’re squeamish, you’ll probably want to pass on this DVD. There are plenty of big guys getting tattoos and talking about how painful it can be. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make through the eyeball segment, but overall, an interesting DVD.

kevfarley Jul 02, 2014

Extraordinary survey by an insider. The host even adds tattoos to his own body as he takes us on this worldwide journey.
Different cultures, the military, prisons, ancient and modern techniques, and even the 5,000 year old Iceman !


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