11 Amazing Facts About Tattoo

The tradition of tattooing dates back thousands of years and while no one knows quite how it started, it's certainly been embraced in the mainstream.

11. The Latin word for “tattoo” is stigma.

10. Americans spend approximately $1.65 billion on tattoos annually

9. The word “tattoo” derives from the Polynesian word “ta” (“to strike”), which describes the sound of a tattooing spike being knocked on skin.

8. Early tattoo methods included using chisels, rakes, or picks. Soot-covered thread was also used. The thread would be sewn through the skin.

7. The top 10 most popular spots for tattoos are 1) lower back, 2) wrist, 3) foot, 4) ankle, 5) armband, 6) back-piece, 7) arm, 8) chest, 9) breast, and 10) neck

6. The first professional tattoo artist in the U.S. was a German immigrant, Martin Hildebrandt, who arrived in Boston in 1846.

5. UV tattoos are created with ink that is completely invisible in normal daylight but glows brightly under ultraviolet light.

4. Animals are the most frequent subject matter of tattooing in many cultures and are traditionally associated with magic, totems, and the desire of the person to become identified with the spirit of the

3. The existing tattoo designs displayed in a tattoo shop are known as “flash.” Clients can chose from flash or request a customized design

2. Copying someone’s tattoo custom design is considered unethical in the body art world. Some tattoo artists won’t even duplicate a mummy’s tattoos because they say the tattoo belongs to the person who w

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