University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Pamela L. Geller

Read My Lips…Ears, Nose, Head, and Teeth: Interpreting Permanent Bodily Ornaments

Research Notes

By: Pamela L. Geller

Tattooing and body piercing are nothing new. The punctur­ing and painting of skin have long been expressive forms of social communication in many cultures. Even in the contemporary United States, the reinvention of “primitive” forms of indelible decorations is a way to explore and express identity while resisting established cultural and political norms. How­ever, when self-styled […]