This week’s roundup provides written text and visual depictions of the way tattoos have been utilized by different cultures and the fashion industry. While some may argue that tattoos have transformed into a more contemporary presentation of impulsive decisions or vapid displays of art, in some cultures, the tradition has never left. Featuring traditional Inuit skin stitching, traditional and current use of Māori tattoos called moko, and penal tattoos in South Asia, these sources will provide insight on the scope of the power of body art.

Portrait painting of Māori woman, Mrs. Mihiterina Takamoana, with a tattoo on her mouth and chin, 1887.

Gottfried Lindauer. Portrait painting of Māori woman, Mrs. Mihiterina Takamoana, with a tattoo on her mouth and chin, 1887.