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The Science of Ink

  • Mongoose vs Cobra 1011 McGowen Street Houston, TX, 77002 United States (map)

The Science of Ink

Tattoos are awesome - there is no doubt about that. Whether it’s a deeply personal image or something done with friends on a lark, tattoos are something that will be with us for the rest of our lives (well, sometimes…). However, while many appreciate the beauty of a well made tattoo, there is a great deal of history and science that goes into getting those pigments underneath the skin.

Meet our Scientists


Ariel Ehrman is an anthropologist from Houston who has excavated at archaeological sites in Cyprus, Italy, and the U.S. She has an interest in body modification in the archaeological record.

At our event Ariel will give a talk on the history of tattoos, discussing archaeological evidence of the first tattoos and how they were created


Dana Graham is a Houston tattoo artist and the founder of Bad Wolf Private Tattooing, operating under the name Octoboros. Dana apprenticed at Eado Tattoo and also studied tattooing in Japan under the well known Yakuza artist Seisai.

Specializing in blackwork, Anime, and Japanese traditional tattooing, Dana will be talking about the many methods a modern practitioner of the art uses.


Dr. Paul M. Friedman is the director of the Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center, Assistant Professor of Dermatology at UT Medical School and Weil Cornell Medical College, and has published numerous medical articles and book chapters, also co-authoring the book Beautiful Skin Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Better Skin. As a leading physician in the field, Dr. Friedman has seen a rise in tattoo regret from people of various ages and backgrounds, and has aided development of new laser tattoo removal systems and therapeutic techniques now used worldwide.

As our final speaker for the evening, Dr. Friedman will address the ABC’s of tattoos and the latest advances in laser tattoo removal.

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