He fooled everybody around him; they thought he was a brilliant scholar.
The Field Museum in Chicago is currently showing an exhibition that explores the 5,000-year-old history of tattooing across the globe. It's also literally bringing ink to the museum world in the form of a pop-up tattoo shop.
Since it illegally opened in 1976, Fineline Tattoos has lived through multiple sea changes in NYC tattoo culture. On the 40th anniversary of the shop opening on the Bowery, we talked to the longtime owners about ink in the Big Apple.
Did ancient Pacific Islanders use volcanic glass tools for tattooing?