10 Interesting Facts About Tattoos

On November 26, 2012, in Tattoos, by Tristan G

Here Are The 10 Interesting Facts About Tattoos

The history of the world is also the history of the tattoo art. From the earliest times to present, tattoos have been a part of human culture. Nowadays, when society is more open, tattoos are more accepted than ever and their popularity is constantly growing. Whether you have a tattoo or you just appreciate the art of ink, here are some interesting facts about tattoos you probably didn’t know.

 1. Thanks to the famous Greek historian Herodotus from the 5th century BC we know the story about wise Histiaeus of Miletus who was held a prisoner by King Darius of Susa. Histiaeus shaved the hair from his slave’s head and tattooed on it a message calling for rebellion. When the hair grew back, slave was sent to Aristagoras, Histiaeus son in law, who shaved the slave’s hair again and read the secret message.

2. Tom Leppard from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, is the world’s most tattooed person. Tattoos cover 99.9% of his body. He spent over 1,000 hours in a tattoo chair to get the unusual tattoo design – leopard skin. According to the Guinness World Records, the only parts without tattoos are the skin between toes and that within ears.

Facts About Tattoos

3. Özti the Iceman is the oldest man with tattoos ever found. Well preserved body of a man who lived about 3,300 BC was found in a glacier between Italy and Austria. Crosses and lines on his body were probably there for therapeutic reasons.

4. Tattoos are very popular among sailors. Every sailor tattoo has a meaning. Centuries ago people believed that pigs and roosters can’t swim, so the sailors tattooed these animals to help them get safely ashore. Turtle means that the sailor crossed the equator while the anchor tattoo tells us that the sailor has sailed over the Atlantic Ocean.

5. Study shows that approximately 36% of the Americans aged between 18 and 25, and 40% of those between 26 and 40 have at least one tattoo.

6. During the World War II tattoos were used for the identification of prisoners in Nazi concentration camps. The prisoners were marked with the letters POW, meaning “a prisoner of war”.

7. Some people would do anything for good education. The best proof is a curious case of Kimberly Smith who tattooed “palace.com” on the most visible place – her forehead. For this unusual tattoo she was given $10,000 to help her pay for her daughter’s scholarship.

9. All 101 Dalmatians and over 1,000 tattoos of Disney characters found their place on the body of George C. Reiger Jr. The Walt Disney Company gave him permission under one condition – he is not allowed to use the tattoos for earning money.8. In Japanese culture tattoo has a significant place. First thing that comes to mind are Yakuza, but this fact is about love. There are five ways to prove your love and devotion in Japan – writing a love vows, cutting hair, clipping nails, cutting off little finger (!?!) and geisha tattoo.

10. It is strange but true – the ancestor of the tattooing machine is a doorbell! A mechanism similar to that in the doorbell was used for the first tattooing machine.

These interesting facts about tattoos can surely open your mind about tattoo designs you might want to get in the future.

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