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Transforming Bodies

Maria Viirros presents the issue and gives us an insight into their reflections on how to approach the role as editor. With this issue, Viirros wants to create a space in which the reader can peek into the rich field of body arts, its histories, contours, and possibilities, while providing the artists with a platform to reflect upon their practices from a perspective that is not commonly considered when their work is discussed.

Tattoo Archaeology

Humans across the globe have tattooed their bodies for at least 5,000 years. However, the archaeological evidence for these practices has been largely overlooked. In this essay, archaeologist Aaron Deter-Wolf describes what drew him to the study of ancient tattooing, and how careful considerations of material culture, including artifacts and preserved human remains, are revealing new information about human bodies in the deep past.

Connecting to the Past: Reclaiming Nordic Heritage through Tattooing

Jannicke Wiese-Hansen and Tor Ola Svennevig invite you into their studio to talk about their craft, promoting Norwegian art and culture, as well as taking their Nordic culture back from the abuse of the extremist right. The two tattoo artists have also written short artist presentations about their personal journeys within the tattoo field.

Part Psychologist, Part Mind Reader, Part Artist

How has the tattoo industry changed in the last ten years or so? Oslo-based tattoo artists Linn Aasne Grønnerøe and Elise Nedal offer throwbacks and foresight based on their years of experience. In this interview, they map out some major challenges and pitfalls of the tattoo industry, and how to avoid them.

I'm Interested in Creating Superbeings

Holistic tattooer Touka Voodoo takes us through his personal journey — from Tehran, through London — to his tattoo studio in Stockholm. In this text, Touka Voodoo reflects on how redesigning and remaking the exterior body has been a continuous journey to match the interior and manifest the inner person. Even though his work is known to provoke, provocation has never been his aim - but rather, the goal is to liberate the human body from shame, and through introspection, become one´s own personal ´superbeing´.

Inuit Tattoo Traditions and the Complexities of a Revival

Maya Sialuk Jacobsen writes about the complexities of taking back Inuit tattoo traditions, a practice born and developed within a culture of collectivism, now practiced and re-assembled in a growing individualistic culture. Sialuk Jacobsen asks: ‘How do Inuit tattoos create both a new verbal and visual language?’