Painted People: A History of Humanity in 21 Tattoos

by Matt Lodder

On Sale: 10/27/2022

Painted People: A History of Humanity in 21 Tattoos

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Painted People: A History of Humanity in 21 Tattoos

by Matt Lodder

On Sale: 10/27/2022

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About the Book

In 1881, a writer in the Saturday Review called tattooing ‘an art without a history.’ ‘No-one’, it went on, ‘has made it the business of his life to study the development of tattooing.

For all of human history, we have made permanent marks on our skin – for multifarious, fascinating, reasons. The oldest preserved tattooed skin that survives is European: Ötzi, the famous ‘Iceman’ mummy, whose body is covered in small tattoo marks, allows us a brief glimpse into the pre-history of the practice. Since then, people in every corner of the world have decided to tattoo themselves, and countless cultures have performed this ancient artistic practice.

But for the most part, these fascinating histories remain stubbornly untold – glorious characters, unbelievable truths and the lives of people from 5000 BCE to the present day have been hidden on the skin, under layers of clothing, and under layers of history.

With access to a wealth of new and unreported material, this book will roll up its sleeves and reveal the artwork hidden beneath them. In Painted People, Dr Matt Lodder, one of the world’s foremost experts in tattooing will reveal what tattoos – and the people who wore them – tell us about a changing world.

Painted People is a beguiling and intimate look at this untold history of humanity.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780008402082
  • ISBN 10: 0008402086
  • Imprint: William Collins
  • On Sale: 10/27/2022
  • Pages: 304
  • BISAC1 : ART / Body Art & Tattooing
  • BISAC2 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural & Social
  • BISAC3 : DESIGN / History & Criticism
  • BISAC4 : HISTORY / Social History
  • BISAC5 : SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture

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