The Science of Tattoos


The Science of Tattoos

Tattoos allow us to make the outer body reflect the inner self. In a life of flux, they allow us to make names, symbols, gods and ideas a semi-permanent part of corporeal form. Then again, they also allow others to mark us as "criminal" or "outsider." Join Robert and Julie as they explore not only the science of tattoos, but also a bit of their rich and varied history.

Image Caption: A tattooed Thai devotee prays during the celebration of the annual Tattoo festival at Wat Bang Phra on March 15, 2014 in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand. In Thai culture the tattoo is worn as a symbol of spiritual and physical protection, many believe that the tattoo has mystical powers. Many tattoo fanatics choose to have monkeys and tigers as well as the Khmer/Cambodia ancient script on their bodies. (Photo by Omar Havana/Getty Images)

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Topics in this Podcast: tattoos