Oldest Tattoos Discovered on 5,000-Year-Old Mummies

In a discovery that has “pushed back evidence for tattooing in Africa by over 1,000 years,” researchers at the British Museum have found the world’s oldest tattoos on 5,000-year-old mummies. These figurative tattoos resemble letters and animals; the female mummy has four small S-shaped designs on her right shoulder. The male’s tattoos (on his upper arm) resemble a wild bull and a sheep. These are …

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1. Underrepresented Voices on Show at Zinister Zine Fair Opening today at the Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, as part of the BAAD! Ass Women 2017 festival, the Zinister Zine Fair focuses on self-published works by people of color and/or those who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. More than just a zine sale, there will be an open-mic component and even a …

Britain’s First Female Tattoo Artist

As part of the “Tattoo: British Tattoo Art Revealed” exhibition—which explores not just design but the social history of tattoo and its culture—is the fascinating story of Jessie Knight, Britain’s first female tattoo artist. Born in 1904, Knight was a rebel and a pioneer who was also a sharpshooter dummy and stuntwoman in the circus before turning to ink. Renowned for her artistry, she was …