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Morbid Anatomy: Tattoo Collection, Department of Forensic Medicine at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Morbid Anatomy: Tattoo Collection, Department of Forensic Medicine at Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

Fresh off the heels of my post on Frederik Ruysch’s creepy embalming art comes this disgusting/fascinating collection of preserved tattoos from Polish prisoners. Even before you get to the whole “stolen chunks of flesh” part of this collection, I’m always disturbed by the “poke-and-stick” kind of tattooing that most of these appear to be. I’ve seen poke-and-stick done with everything from glass shards to nails, and the “ink” could be anything from ash to a ball-point pen—there’s obviously...

Fresh off the heels of my post on Frederik Ruysch’s creepy embalming art comes this disgusting/fascinating collection of preserved tattoos from Polish prisoners. Even before you get to the whole “stolen chunks of flesh” part of this collection, I’m always disturbed by the “poke-and-stick” kind of tattooing that most of these appear to be. I’ve seen poke-and-stick done with everything from glass shards to nails, and the “ink” could be anything from ash to a ball-point pen—there’s obviously...

The Ages of Man. The most convenient form of Pre-Columbian Indian art was pulled from the crystal-clear rivers shortly after the melting glaciers washed them clean.

The Ages of Man. The most convenient form of Pre-Columbian Indian art was pulled from the crystal-clear rivers shortly after the melting glaciers washed them clean.

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