Humans have always practiced various forms of self-expression, whether it’s through written word, music, art or some other outlet. The art of tattooing is one such form that dates back thousands of years. We speak with a history expert, author and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Craig Koslofsky about some of the earliest tattoo designs and how they were achieved, as well as other skin alteration methods including scarification and branding.
- Craig Koslofsky, history professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, author, Evening’s Empire: A History of the Night in Early Modern Europe.
Links for more information:
- Craig Koslofsky’s Website: Early Modern Daily Life.
- Signing the Body: Marks on Skin in Early Modern France by Katherine Dauge-Roth.