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'Tattoo Hunter' to Speak on What Tattoos Say About Being Human

Heidi Toth

September 7, 2016


Lars Krutak has traveled the world, talking with indigenous tribes about the meaning behind their tattoos.


WHAT: Lars Krutak, a tattoo anthropologist and author of the books “The Tattooing Arts of Tribal Women” and “Tattooing Traditions of Native North America: Ancient and Contemporary Expressions of Identity,” will speak about his work with indigenous tribes throughout the world.

Krutak has studied the diverse forms and symbolism of tattooing, such as to mark life achievements, assert tribal identity or for therapeutic or cosmetic purposes. Other tribes marked their bodies with magical symbols intended to promote fertility, attract prey or protect the person from malevolent spirits.


He will speak on the ancient traditions behind tattoos, discussing how tattooing exposed individual desires and fears, plus cultural and religious values. Krutak also will cover tattoo revivals across native North America.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Friday (Sept. 9)

WHERE: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium, Museum of Texas Tech University, 3301 4th St. (west entrance)

WHO: Lars Krutak is a tattoo anthropologist and author who has spent the last two decades traveling the world learning about unique tattoos and the meanings behind them. He has a special interest in preserving indigenous knowledge of tattooing. Through his publications and Discovery Channel series “Tattoo Hunter,” Krutak has worked to reveal the cultural diversity of tattoos and the stories they represent.

CONTACT: Jane Bell, senior director, Office of International Affairs, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-8346 or jane.bell@ttu.edu

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