Why Tattooing Is Universal

Tattooing, when you think about it, is like smiling: Nearly every culture does it, but not always for the same reason.

In a given society, the motivation for covering oneself in paint, ink, or even scars speaks to what the civilization as a whole holds dear.

Chris Rainier, a photographer for National Geographic¬†and other publications, has traveled the world in search of cultures he describes as having “one foot in the Garden of Eden.”

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