Really neat piece by Damien Shiels on the tattoos of Irish enlisted men that were recorded by the Union Navy during the Civil War that photographer, Jeremy Harris, turned us onto.

And much as we love the history of tattoos in America, we love how that tradition has continued into modern day: we’re still seeing tattoos as marks of identification and specific messages abundant in immigrant communities, as opposed to the more general ‘adornment’ approach that has taken over the cultural mainstream – especially in the corners of car culture that have, thankfully, escaped the bullshit of reality TV. And we love that good, good stuff. Keeps the colorful (we had to say it) history and culture of tattoo grounded in an age of such inking fuckery, no?

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