I came across this really cool documentary, Signatures of the Soul, which is narrated by Peter Fonda, on Occult Vibrations. The documentary is from 1984, which is easily noticeable once you starting watching. Our man Peter Fonda briefly discusses some ancient history of tattooing, and then starts the documentary by explaining how tattooing saw a revival during the 18th and 19th century after centuries of repression by Christianity. Taken from New Zealand on Screen’s website, here’s the synopsis for the documentary:
Tattooing — “The world’s oldest skin game” — is the subject of this documentary made by Geoff Steven who scored a major coup when he obtained the services of Peter Fonda as his presenter. Shot in NZ, Samoa, Japan and the United States, it traces the history of tattooing from Ancient Egypt through its tribal importance in the Pacific, to a counter culture renaissance that began in the 1960s. Leading practitioners (including superstar Ed Hardy) are interviewed and observed at work, while their clients wince their way towards becoming living canvasses.
Signatures of the Soul is roughly 45 minutes long, so it’s nothing too crazy. It’s definitely entertaining, enjoyable, and insightful. The link up at the top is for the first part. After you finish one part, you’ll be able to start the next. Enjoy and thanks for reading.