In this illustrated talk, Dr Matt Lodder presents an overview of his new book ‘Painted People’, and argues that through the history of tattooing, we can glean unique insights into forgotten areas of human history.

The talk covers examples of tattooing from 5,000 years ago to the present day, and, in a unique RCPE twist, also discusses the amazing story of a young boy who was tattooed by his older brother in New York the 1870s, and whose remarkable skin is now in the collection of the University of Edinburgh.


Speaker Dr Matt Lodder is a Senior Lecturer and the Director of the Disciplinary Studies Centre at the University of Essex. He has a book out now titled 'Painted People: A History of Humanity in 21 Tattoos'.