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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