The cultural heritage of tattooing: a brief history.

  title={The cultural heritage of tattooing: a brief history.},
  author={Lars F. Krutak},
  journal={Current problems in dermatology},
For millennia, peoples around the world have tattooed human skin to communicate various ontological, psychosocial, and sociocultural concepts encompassing beauty, cultural identity, status and position, medicine, and supernatural protection. As a system of knowledge transmission, tattooing has been and continues to be a visual language of the skin whereby culture is inscribed, experienced, and preserved in a myriad of specific ways. If we are to fully comprehend the meanings that tattoos have… 

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