History of Tattoos

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting colored materials or ink beneath the skins surface, into the dermis layer of the skin, to change the pigment. Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures spread throughout the world. The word tattoo is said to has two major derivations from the Polynesian word ‘ta’ which means striking something and the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ which means ‘to mark something’.

The first tattoos probably were created by accident. Someone may have had a wound, and rubbed it with a hand with soot or ashes from a fire. When the wound healed, they saw that a mark stayed permanently imbedded into the flesh.

From Polynesia, India, Africa, Egypt all the way back to around 5000 years ago tattoos have been found amongst the most noted cultures of the world.

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