Tribal Tattoo Encyclopedia - Radomir Fiksa
Tribal tattoo is the oldest form of art to decorate and mark the human body, which takes its origins almost from the very beginning of the existence of human civilization. Over the past centuries, many of the meanings of tattoos, the rituals that accompanied them, and even the names of the tools used have been lost or forgotten, but today we have a chance to dust off this knowledge and bring a little of the origin into modern tattooing.
Earlier, we have already told you about the book of the Czech writer and tattoo artist Radomir Fiska, which has become, in fact, an explanatory dictionary for the modern tattoo artist, describing the meanings of thousands of tribal tattoos.
Today, we have in our hands a new book by the artist - Tribal Tattoo Encyclopedia, a publication that complements the picture of the history of tattooing from the point of view of tribes, customs, tools and rituals. How it happened, why, and what our ancestors used for tattooing is reflected in Radomir's Encyclopedia.
Tribal Tattoo Encyclopedia provides the first comprehensive overview of tribal tattooing across history, continents, and ethnicities. Each group, clan, or community that practiced tattooing had its own places where people prepared for tattooing or where tattooing was performed. Tattoo sessions were accompanied by music, songs, or other rituals. They had tattoo artists and their assistants.
Of course, they used various tattoo tools to carry and apply the designs. Last but not least, they also used different ingredients to obtain the inks for the tattoos.
For all this, the different communities had their own names and terms, in their own language or dialect, and it is these terms, including descriptions, often already lost in history, that this book presents.
Despite the vastness of this area of knowledge, a few echoes of the past and the complexity of structuring this information, Radomir, thanks to diligent work, was able to create a real guide to the depths of the history of tattooing.