Victoria and Albert Museum, London ©
Photoraphy by Graham Brandon
Tatooing is one of the oldest known forms of body
decoration. Evidence has been found of its existence throughout the world, as far afield
as Egypt and Japan, (dating from 2000 BC and 600 BC respectively,) as well as in Europe.
For centuries tattooing in the Western world has associations with so-called
«primitive» cultures, partly as a result of the discovery of tattooed people by
explorers in the eighteenth century, as well as the criminal classes and seafarers.
Responding to the current popularity of, and interest in,
tattoos, the Victoria and Albert Museum made a move towards recording the importance of
tattooing in Britain at the beginning of the new century On 29th April 2000, two hundred
people with tattoos from across the UK and Europe were invited to the V&A to be photographed
for the V&A archive.