POSTED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 5:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 5:34am
Baton Rouge, La — The LSU Student Union Art Advisory Committee is proud to announce the upcoming fall exhibit Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking. The tradition of body modification has existed for centuries across many diverse cultures, from tribal societies in the Eastern Hemisphere to urban enclaves in the West. This exhibit will feature examples of modern and traditional applications of this unique art form, conveying the social, symbolic, and aesthetic significance of body modification throughout the world. The show will include works from the portfolio of documentary photographer Chris Rainier; photographs of works from local tattoo artists Donn Davis, Theophile Gautier, Adam Montegut, and Ed Dieringer; and tattooing tools from the collection of anthropologist, writer, and host of the Discovery Channel’s Tattoo Hunter, Dr. Lars Krutak.
Programs for the show will include a lecture entitled “Skin Deep: the History and Art of Indigenous Tattooing” by Dr. Lars Krutak on Thursday, October 4th at 6:00 p.m. in the Atchafalaya Room (339) of the LSU Student Union, and a live tattoo showcase and discussion panel, moderated by the director of Southeastern University’s Contemporary Art Gallery, Dale Newkirk, with the local artists mentioned above on Thursday, October 11th at 12:00 p.m. in the Union Art Gallery. Other programs for Ancient Marks are still in development and promise to be exciting for all. A selection of temporary tattoos will also be available for sale during the show. Updates and additions to the programs will be listed on the gallery webpage at www.lsu.edu/union 
This show will run until Sunday, November 4 in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery. The Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Markings portion of the exhibition was organized and distributed by photokunst LLC, Friday Harbor, WA. All of Chris Rainier’s photographs are included in a book published by Earth Aware Editions, titled Ancient Marks: The Sacred Origins of Tattoos and Body Marking (2004).
The gallery’s hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with special hours for home football games and theater events. Both the exhibit and programs are free and open to the public.