Inspired by her new tattoo (and challenged by another podcaster) Beckett explores the history of tattoos in women (mostly of North America and Europe, but there’s a history of the art itself, too.)
Time Travel With The History Chicks
The exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago is no longer open, but you can explore the history of tattoos online through their website.
The Bowery Boys discuss, among other things, the invention of the tattoo gun/pen, Episode 323 and here’s an article and photo of that first tattoo pen.
Snakes? Why did it have to be snakes? An article about snakes in tattoos.
Some women are revitalizing an ancient tattoo tradition, read all about it in this piece from the New York Times.
Did Crusaders get tattoos? Here’s a talk at the Museum of St. John that explores that very question:
Curious about the history of tattoos in America? Skin Factory Tattoo has an article for you!
Ever want to run away and join the circus? You would be in good company with these Stars Who Ran Away to Join The Circus.
A collection of Lydia the Tattooed Lady videos:
Robin Williams, from the movie, The Fisher King:
And the version that was performed at Jim Henson’s funeral (starts at 1:38):
Break music: Jack My Swag, Harper Active; End Music: Thrillbound by Napoleon Blownaparts