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From the Storage Archives: The Unseen Sailors’ Tattoo

Science Museum Object Number A747 & A754: Preserved human skins, tattooed with a pair of eyes. Dimensions: A747 h137 x w88mm x d1.5mm; A754 h144mm x w86mm x d2mm* *Depth measurements are given at their thickest points. Date: c.1830-1900 Of … Continue reading

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The Flesh Remembers: Memento Mori Tattoos

All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt. – Susan Sontag The … Continue reading

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Texture, Tactility & Tattoos

In 1786, German traveller Sophie de la Roche paid a visit to the British Museum. She later wrote about her experiences there, describing the various things that she saw, including a collection of Roman antiquities. What is particularly striking about … Continue reading

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