Brief History of Tattooing

by admin on March 11, 2009

Evidence of tattooing dates back to the great pyramid times in Egypt, where tattoos were sported to show one’s status. But more surprisingly was the discovery in 1991, when Otzi the Ice Man was unearthed. After being frozen since around 3000 BC, archaeologists found that the mummified Otzi had 57 different markings on his body, resembling tattoos.

There are mentions of tattooing in the Bible which indicate that it was a common practice among the ancients of the Middle East.

The art of the tattooing process has come a long way since it’s early days, when the method was a painful process of cutting designs into the flesh and rubbing ashes into the fresh wound.

At the turn of the century in New York City, Samuel O’Reily offered a tattoo service in Chatham Square, where people who could afford his costly service, traveled from all across the United States to be tattooed with the first electric tattoo gun. That tattoo gun of yesteryear has undergone few changes. However, much has improved in the area of sterilization, making this a safe procedure when performed under sterilized conditions by a certified artist.

It was in the 1960’s that the art of tattooing really took off thanks to the hippie era. As a way for this generation of free thinkers to express themselves, tattooing gained increased popularity. One of many popular tattoos in the sixties was the peace sign.

A tattoo is an artistic way to make a statement, to show the world what you stand for. But keep in mind before you get that tattoo, this is a permanent statement. For instance, Mickey Mouse may be cute on your ankle when you are 18 years old, but will you still think him cute when you’re 60?

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