Matching Tattoos Across Human History

Cate McQuaid, The Boston Globe, June 9, 2021

“Ötzi,” Nicole Wilson’s heartening exhibition at Praise Shadows Art Gallery, sweeps from 3300 BCE to 2021, hitting on touchstones along the way: mummies, tattoos, and the worth of a digital file.


The mummy is Ötzi, the preserved remains of a 45-year-old, Copper Age man discovered in the Alps in 1991. We know he had brown eyes and Type O blood and he was lactose-intolerant. We don’t know what his tattoos signify. Ötzi is one of the oldest tattooed mummies, with 61 markings of lines or crosses in 19 groups, incised into his skin and rubbed with pulverized charcoal...


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