About the Author:

Marilyn Epstein is an editor in the Office of Communications and External Relations.


Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

From patterns etched into the skin of an ancient mummy to the colorful designs that adorn people today, tattoos are not just skin deep; they tell us about individuals and their cultures—and offer insights into what it is to be human. Marilyn Epstein sat down with anthropologist Lars Krutak of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History to learn more about the history and the future of this intimate art. Continue reading Tattoos: Telling stories in the flesh

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