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A Brief History Of Tattoos

Tattoos were used a lot throughout history. But, when used in the past the tattoos had special meaning. For the example, Borneo’s women have used the tattoos in order to mark their skills. They were also used as a sign that the person with a certain tattoo had some kind of disease. These tattoos were placed on the fingers and on the wrist. Also, in the past, those with tattoos were expressing that they belonged to some clan or society.


The earliest tattoos were worn in ancient Egypt. The purpose of using tattoos in Egypt was to mark the slaves and the peasants. There was tattooing in china around 2000 B.C. Also ancient Greeks used the tattoos as away to communicate among the spies. The tattoos were used in Japan long time ago also. The purpose of wearing them in Japan was in certain religious and ceremonial rituals. Also, the tattoos were used as a sign of belonging to certain clans and tribes.

The women on Borneo in the past were good artist and these women made intricate designs. The designs that were made fit the personality of the person on which the tattoo was drawn and also belonged to their tribe. In those days, because of the unprofessional way of making the tattoos and because of poor sanitary conditions, infections were very common.

In the western world tattoos were known but they were not highly accepted for a long time. In 1691 William Dampher made some exhibitions with a heavily tattooed Prince from Polynesia. These exhibitions were very popular and since then, tattooing has grown quite popular in the United States.

The first man who used electric tattoo gun was Samuel O-Reily who had a shop in Chatham Square- located near New York City. This shop and the artist were very popular and a lot of people from all country went there to get a tattoo. This place is also well known as the first place to feature American styled tattoos.

The electric tattoo guns were very cheap to buy and this is might be the reason for the explosion of the tattoos in that period. The tattoos were very fast to spread in America and in the entire world. Everyone talked about the tattoos on the TV, radio, and magazines. Today, tattoos are widely accepted by most people and a lot of Americans have tattoos. If someone is interested in tattoo he can choose among large number of pictures and symbols, the only limit being the imagination and ability of the tattoo artist. In fact, tattooing has become an incredible art form and some of the designs are absolutely beautiful and breathtaking in their intricate detail.

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