For thousands of years people of almost every culture have decorated their bodies with elaborate tattoos-but few realize the significance of this ancient practice. ANCIENT MYSTERIES goes "beneath-the-skin" in an exhaustive exploration of tattoo artistry. Join Steve Gilbert editor of the Tattoo History Source Book as he traces the history of tattooing from the first ritualistic practices-marking rites of passage celebrating the bravery of warriors branding slaves-to the booming industry that it has become today. Watch as acclaimed tattoo artists demonstrate their skills for the camera and hear their insight regarding the commitment and meaning of these permanent decorations. From the tropical jungles of New Guinea to the urban jungle of New York TATTOOING illuminates the meaningful cultural contexts that lie behind a modern craze. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection.