Anna Felicity Friedman: Tattooing’s Vibrant History: Ancient to Contemporary
On April 12th, Anna Felicity Friedman will speak at the Minneapolis Institute of Art as part of the Friends Lecture Series sponsored by the Friends of the Institute.
Anna Felicity Friedman describes herself as an “interdisciplinary scholar, tattoo/body art historian, and tattoo collector.” Friedman has been studying tattoo history for the past twenty years after discovering rare books on sailor tattoos, housed in the Peabody Essex Museum. Also, this interest and fascination has led to a twenty-seven year personal experience of tattoo placement.
Friedman lectures on the history of tattoos as far back as almost 40,000 years ago. At times tattoos have held the labels of deviant or taboo, but in many places throughout the world, they have functioned as very important cultural markers; often quite abundant in their presentation. Interesting to note, many of the current tattoos acquired by many include reconstruction and reiterations of historical practice.