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Discovery Turbo to kick off ‘Tatoo Hunter’ on 6 November

MUMBAI: Tribes around the world often tattoo or cut themselves to mark important, life-changing events. ‘Tattoo Hunter’ follows tattoo anthropologist Lars Krutak as he investigates ancient body modification rituals from around the world. He seeks to understand the meaning behind these sacred traditions that date back thousands of years by immersing himself into the daily life of warriors, cannibals and head-hunters.

Discovery Turbo follows American anthropologist, photographer and writer Dr. Lars Krutak, who is known for his research about tattoo and its cultural background. Dr. Krutak, the producer and host of the show, travels the indigenous world to showcase vanishing art forms of body modification.

The show kicks off on 6 November and will air late night every Thursday at 11 pm on Discovery Turbo.

Krutak goes to the remote hills of northeast India (Arunachal Pradesh) in search of a tattoo once worn by tribal head-hunters. He further takes a trip into a remote village in the Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea in hope of becoming the first ever foreigner to take part in a traditional skin-cutting ceremony which resembles the skin of a Pukpuk (Crocodile). He finds out that by undergoing this painful croc ritual, Kaningara boys harden themselves and get rid of any feminine traits.

Krutak goes to Hawaii to learn about the ancient Polynesian culture and endure grueling rites of initiation in his quest for an authentic Hawaiian tattoo. His mission further takes him to Thailand to obtain a mystical tattoo, believed by some to impart magical powers to all who wear it. Krutak treks deep into the jungles of Indonesia in search of the spirit tattoo of the Mentawai tribe. He journeys to the West African nation of Benin to meet the masters of ritual scarification and watch them ply their bloody craft on his own skin. He ventures deep into the jungles of Brazil in search of a cannibal tribe and their sacred tattoos. He also ventures to Ethiopia’s Omo Valley to learn about the scarification rituals of the Hamar, a warrior tribe.

Viewers will witness the visually stunning artwork that some of the fascinating people featured in the series have adorned on their bodies. Join Lars Krutak as he uncovers the rich heritage behind this ancient art form and exposes several unique customs, including tattooing styles, practices, design and scarification processes.