Synopses & Reviews
The Tattoo History Source Book
is an exhaustingly thorough, lavishly illustrated collection of historical records of tattooing throughout the world, from ancient times to the present. Collected together in one place, for the first time, are texts by explorers, journalists, physicians, psychiatrists, anthropologists, scholars, novelists, criminologists, and tattoo artists.
A brief essay by Gilbert sets each chapter in an historical context. Topics covered include the first written records of tattooing by Greek and Roman authors; the dispersal of tattoo designs and techniques throughout Polynesia; the discovery of Polynesian tattooing by European explorers; Japanese tattooing; the first 19th-century European and American tattoo artists; tattooed British royalty; the invention of the tattooing machine; and tattooing in the circus.
The anthology concludes with essays by four prominent contemporary tattoo artists: Tricia Allen, Chuck Eldridge, Lyle Tuttle, and Don Ed Hardy. The references at the end of each section will provide an introduction to the extensive literature that has been inspired by the ancient-but-neglected art of tattooing. Because of its broad historical context, The Tattoo History Source Book will be of interest to the general reader as well as art historians, tattoo fans, neurasthenics, hebephrenics, and cyclothemics.
andldquo;A definitive history about Pacific tattooing and its influence around the tattoo world. Meticulously researched and beautifully presented, the book is highly recommended.andrdquo;
andldquo;This historically rigorous and theoretically nuanced collection of essays [is] indispensable to students of world systems of art and culture.andrdquo;
This thorough, lavishly illustrated collection of historical records traces tattooing throughout the world, from the ancient times to the present. Includes texts from explorers, physicians, journalists, and others. Photos & illustrations.
Following his "confessions of a tattoo addict," a Toronto medical illustrator and tattoo artist presents 21 eclectic narratives on tattooing in diverse eras and cultures from ancient Polynesia to modern Western punk. The numerous b&w and color depictions of illustrated men and women are fascinating.
The popularity of tattoos today is a revival of a practice begun in the late eighteenth century, when Westerners first made contact with the native peoples of the Pacific. The term and#8220;tattooand#8221; entered Europe with the publication of Captain Cookand#8217;s voyages in the 1770s, and Pacific tattoos became fashionable in the West as sailors, whalers, and explorers brought home tattoos from Tahiti, the Marquesas, New Zealand, and Polynesia. In recent years these early contacts have been revived, as native tattooists from Oceania have begun tattooing non-Polynesians in Europe, the USA, and elsewhere.
Tattoo is both a fascinating book about these early Oceanic-European exchanges, which also documents developments up to the present day. Documenting these complex cultural interactions in the first part of the book, the authors move from issues of encounter, representation, and exchange to the interventions of missionaries and the colonial state in local tattoo practices. Highly illustrated with many previously unseen images, for example the original voyage sketches of the first Russian circumnavigation of 1803and#8211;6, this is a fascinating account of early tattooing and cultural exchange in Oceania.
Whether fully adorning a bikerandrsquo;s arms or nestled cutely, and discretely, above oneandrsquo;s ankle, tattoos are a commonplace part of modern fashion and expression. But as modern as this permanent accessory can seem, the tattoo, in fact, has ancient and distant roots in Oceana, where it had been practiced for centuries before being taught to Western seafarers. This collection offers both a fascinating look at the early exchanges between European and Pacific cultures surrounding the tattoo and the tattooandrsquo;s rising popularity in the West up to the modern day. It is also the first book to thoroughly document the history of tattoos in Oceana itself.
The essays here first document the complex cultural interactions between Oceana and Europe that had sailors, whalers, and explorers bringing tattoos home from their voyages. They then move on to issues surrounding encounter, representation, and exchange, exploring the ways missionaries and the colonial state influenced local tattoo practices, and the ways tattoo culture has since developed, both in the West and the Pacific. Stunningly illustrated, this unique and fascinating history will appeal to anyone interested in the history of tattoos, the culture of Oceania, or native arts.and#160;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 208-214) and index.
About the Author
Nicholas Thomas is Director of the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. He has published extensively and won many awards in the field of cross-cultural research in both the UK and Australia. Dr. Martin Fitzpatrick (retired) was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Department of History and Welsh History, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published widely on eighteenth-century literature, Jenny Newell is Assistant Curator, Pacific and Australian Collection, Department of Ethnography, British Museum and has contributed to a number of publications on eighteenth-century travel/exploration.
Anna Cole is research coordinator of the Tatau/Tatoo project at Goldsmiths College, London.Bronwen Douglas is adjunct associate professor in the Department of Pacific and Asian History at the Australian National University.
Table of Contents
Part One: Histories and Encounters
1. andlsquo;Cureous Figuresandrsquo;: European Voyagers and Tatau/Tattoo in Polynesia, 1595-1800
2. andlsquo;Speckled Bodiesandrsquo;: Russian Voyagers and Nuku Hivans, 1804
3. Marks of Transgression: The Tattooing of Europeans in the Pacific Islands
4. Christian Skins: Tatau and the Evangelization of the Society Islands and Samoa
5. Governing Tattoo: Reflections on a Colonial Trial
Part Two: Contemporary Exchanges
6. The Temptation of Brother Anthony: Decolonization and the Tattooing of Tony Fomison
7. Samoan Tatau as Global Practice
8. Multiple Skins: Space, Time and Tattooing in Tahiti
9. Wearing Moko: Maori Facial Marking in Todayandrsquo;s World
Linda Waimarie Nikora, Mohi Rua and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
10. Beyond Modern Primitivism
Epilogue: Embodied Exchanges and their Limits
Notes on the Editors and Contributors