Episode 2. Aaron Deter-Wolf. Prehistoric Archaeologist – Interview

Aaron Deter-Wolf is a Prehistoric Archaeologist with the Tennessee Division of Archaeology and an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Middle Tennessee State University. Aaron earned his MA from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he studied Maya archaeology, before transitioning to work as a professional archaeologist in the American Southeast. While Aaron’s day-to-day work focuses predominately on ancient Native American sites in Tennessee, for the past decade he has been a leading researcher into the archaeological footprint of tattooing. That work has included efforts using contextual analysis and microscopic use-wear signatures to identify tattoo tools in archaeological collections, and experiments recreating and testing ancient tattoo implements – including on himself.


In 2009, Aaron organized the first American academic symposium to examine ancient and early historic Native American tattooing, which culminated in the volume Drawing with Great Needles: Ancient Tattoo Traditions of North America. Since that time he has participated in international symposia on ancient body modification, and authored book chapters on the identification of ancient tattoo tools and the origins of tattooing. In 2016, Aaron was the lead author on an article confirming that the European ice mummy “Ötzi” exhibits the world’s oldest preserved tattoos, and that same year appeared in the NOVA documentary “Iceman Reborn” discussing those marks. Aaron is co-editor of the new volume Ancient Ink: The Archaeology of Tattooing, the first-ever book dedicated to the global archaeological study of tattooing.



Episode 1. Piotr Szot – Polish Dot-work Tattoo Artist Interview.

In this episode Mark chats with Polish Dot-work tattooer Piotr about his journey so far and how his tattooing is evolving into a retreat based experience. He has worked all over the world and continues to explore and push the limitations of tattooing.  Check out Piotr’s work on his website www.piotrszot.com or via his instagram @piotrszot

Intro – Tattoos with Intention Podcast.

Our bodies capture the journey of where we have been and what we have been through. You can see it in our wrinkles, scars and intentional markings.

Mark Nara reveals insight into the finer details of the tattoo world and the experience of getting tattooed. He has been tattooing for the past 10 years and has dedicated the second half of his career to therapeutic tattooing – helping people share their stories on their skin. His aim is to bring a new perspective to the world of tattoo “it’s more than just art, or an ego statement.”

Discover how you can feel more empowered and connected to the act of getting tattooed, deepening your reasons for receiving them. This podcast is an investigation into where humanity is at energetically and the role tattooing plays in facilitating our transformation. It includes information on his process, journal entry style updates from in the studio and on the road, clients stories and of course interviews with prominent tattooers and traditional wisdom keepers from around the globe.