History of Tattoos

Tattoos are almost as old as mankind. They go way back it is believed that the first tattooing happened accidentally, with people falling or stepping into pigment-carrying, sharp instruments or materials, like e.g. sharp, charcoaled branches from leftover fireplaces or wooden spears/arrowheads hardened in fire.History of Tattoos

This tends to leave trapped pigment in the dermis, such accidents are by the way the major reason for pigment removal research even in our days.

Arguable, tattoos date back to about 3000 B.C. Marks found on a mummified human body dating that old, have tattoos. Tattoos have also been found Egyptian and Nubian mummies that date back to about 2000 B.C. Many references can also be found in books from classical authors referring to the Greeks, Germans and Gauls.

Europeans rediscovered tattooing when they encountered Polynesians and American Indians during some exploration. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word “tattau” which means “to mark”. European and U.S. societies considered tattoos very exotic so many tattooed Indians and Polynesians drew a crowd at the circus and fairs during the 18th and 19th centuries.

My great grandfather told me some stories he had about when he was young. He told me Indians he knew wanted to give him a tattoo. He said he chicken out. Oh Grandpa I said you should of got one!

The reason for tattooing has changed over the years and across various cultures and countries. In the early practice of tattooing, it was primarily for decoration. This ancient practice still holds true today for most people. Early Romans used tattoos for identification. They would tattoo slaves and criminals so that everyone would know their status.

Tahitian tattoos were rites of passage and told to story and history of the person’s life. In the early days of the U.S. when sailors would travel to foreign lands, they would collect tattoos as souvenirs of their travels and experiences. I remember those days very well, I use to see a lot of sailors getting tats all over the world. And Oh boy was their some good artist over seas!

Methods of tattooing varied across cultures and time as well. Many Indians in North and South America tattooed simply by pricking. Some tribes in California then began to introduce scratches when introducing color. In Polynesia, pigment was pricked into the skin by using a small tool that resembled a rake.

In New Zealand, the Maori people used wood carving techniques using a bone-cutting tool to make shallow, colored grooves in the skin. When the Europeans arrived, they began to use metal, taking a small step toward the puncture style of tattooing we see today.

So you see we have come a ways since those days. It is certain tattoos have been here thousands of years and they will probably be here for sometime.

From www.DoTattoos.com