The Cultural Heritage Of Tattooing: Tattoo Hunter Lars Krutak

The Cultural Heritage Of Tattooing: Tattoo Hunter Lars Krutak

Tattoo anthropologist Lars Hunter educates us about indigenous body modification practices from all over the world.

Learn about ancient tattooing practices and symbolism through the videos and talks of the tattoo hunter, Lars Krutak.

Travelling tattoo hunter Lars Krutak is a photographer, writer, archaeologist and cultural anthropologist. 

He produced and hosted a 10-part documentary series called Tattoo Hunter which aired on the Discovery Channel. In the series, Lars visits indigenous countries to showcase vanishing art forms of body modification, mainly tattoo art. 

Today, Lars works as a Research Associate for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

He also contributes articles to international tattoo publications such as Total Tattoo (UK), Tattoo Savage (USA), Z Tattoo (Denmark), Tattoo Magazin (Hungary), and Tattoo Planet (Netherlands).

He also recently gave a TED Talk about the cultural heritage of tattooing, which you can watch below.


Photo below from Lars' Facebook page, with the caption: "Kayan forearm tattoos, Upper Rajang River, 2011."

Kayan forearm tattoos. Photo Lars Krutak via Facebook #ancienttattooing #tribal #tribe #LarsKrutak

Lars is giving a tattoo lecture next month at The Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 2002, he embarked on a world tour devoted to recording the lives, stories, and experiences of tattooed people around the globe, and will share his findings in this exciting new event.

Image from the Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe) website. #LarsKrutak #TattooHunter #ancienttattooing #tribal #tribe

Photo below from Lars' Facebook page, with the caption: "One of my favorite women in the world, 97-year-old Kalinga tattoo artist Whang Od of Buscalan village, 2016."

Kalinga tattoo artist Whang Od. Photo Lars Krutak via Facebook. #geometric #tribal #tribe #LarsKrutak

Photo below from Lars' Facebook page, with the caption: "Paiwan tattoo revival. Cangal's tattoos, Pingtung County, Taiwan. Tattoos by Cudjuy. 2016."

Tattoos by Cudjuy. Photo Lars Krutak via Facebook. #geometric #tribal #tribe #LarsKrutak

You can download and watch the TV show Tattoo Hunter online.

Follow Lars' Facebook page for future updates about his events and publications. 

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