Tattoo History

Tattoos are created by inserting colored materials beneath the skins surface. The skin is penetrated with a sharp tool. Today colored ink and an electric needle are the material and instrument of choice. It is believed that Tattooing was first practiced by the Egyptians in approximately 2000 bc. Color tattooing was refined by the Maoris of New Zealand. The art of tattooing became popular and spread throughout China, India, and Japan. The practice was then spread across the seas by early explorers during the 16th century to the distant continet of Europe. Today the practice is popular with a vast cross section of the population. Within the United States tattoos can be found on individuals ranging from gang member to fashion models.



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