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The history of tattoos - Addison Anderson

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If you have a tattoo, you’re part of a rich cultural history that dates back at least 8,000 years. Where did this practice of body modification come from, and how has its function changed over time? Addison Anderson tracks the history of getting inked.

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  • Educator Addison Anderson
  • Director Sam Lee, Mike Patten
  • Animator Chris Anne Lindo, Claire Van Ryzin
  • Artist Rena Parisi
  • Narrator Michelle Snow

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