Amazing Facts Of The Tattoo World
More often than not, tattoo lovers see tattoo as work of art to enhance their beauty. However, there are still many people who see tattoos in a dark light; back of their minds, they associate tattoos with hooligans, prison life, gangs, drug use, thing of bad guys, and racist organizations among other bad things. Undoubtedly, tattoos have a fascinating history. Tattoo art is not new it has its roots in past, earlier also people used to get inked.
Initially, tattoo art was introduced into the Western world, and there it was mainly popular among sailors, however, the tattoo art started to gain popularity in the 1970’s. Since then, the art of tattooing has become widely accepted than before. Basically, tattooing was emanated as a form of healing similar to acupuncture, and gradually it evolved into the art form that it is today.
If you are among those people who want to get a tattoo but are dubious, here are some astonishing facts of the tattoo as a work of art, you might not know. Read them thoroughly, these facts may help you make the right choice.
Facts Of Tattoo
Here we go……
1. We are often fascinated by the word tattoo, there are many of us who definitely want to go for a tattoo but due to several reasons they could not. Well, the first fact about these beautiful art is related to its name. Yes, basically the word tattoo is derived from the Polynesian word ta, which is termed as the sound of a tattooing spike which hits against skin. ☺ ☺
2. The first ever recorded reference to the word “tattoo” is found in the papers of Joseph Banks, a naturalist boarded on the Captain Cook’s ship. Before that Europeans used to call tattoos “marks” or “prics”.
3. From the middle of the 18th century till the early 20th century, tattoos were distinctly popular with English and Russian royalty only. And the reason for that was, tattooing was so expensive back then that only the rich could afford being inked during that period. Gradually, tattooing became more affordable, but by then people started to consider them “gimcrack,” until the tattoo resurrection in the mid-twentieth century.
4. It is believed that the oldest known tattoo on a human skin to date is found on the body of Ötzi, the Iceman, who was reckoned between 3370 and 3100 BC.
Ötzi’s body was found in the Alps and it was observed that he had 61 tattoos of simple dots and lines on his body, made with carbon ink. His physical remains are still intact, and have been preserved.
He has six straight lines on his lower back, a black cross on the inner side of his left knee, few parallel lines on his ankles, legs, and wrists.
When his body was X-rayed by the scientists, it was found that he had joint disease under each tattoo, that makes them believe that these tattoos were done to relieve his pain.
5. Samuel O’Reilly was the man who invented and patented the first electric tattoo machine in the year 1891.
He was a New York Tattoo artist. His tattoo machine’s design was based on Thomas Edison’s invention the autographic printer, an engraving machine while Samuel O’Reilly added needles and an ink reservoir to it.
6. Until 2004, tattooing was considered illegal in South Carolina.
7. Until 2006, it was illegal to get inked in Oklahoma.
8. Tattooing is still considered illegal in three countries, and those three countries are: Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.
9. This is interesting, recent studies shows that adults with tattoos are more sexually active than those who are without it. So, you have chance to improve your sex life.
10. More often than not, people spell the word “tattoo” as “tatoo” and hence it becomes one of the most misspelled words in the English language.
11. Studies shows that 5% of Americans have had one tattoo covered up by another tattoo.
12. Studies says that 58% of women have at least one tattoo in their body, whereas, only 41% of men have one.
13. Women are twice as likely to get their tattoos removed if compared to men.
14. Black is the easiest color to remove when getting a tattoo laser removed, because it absorbs more laser waves. Whereas, green and yellow are considered to be the most difficult ones to remove.
15. A survey held in 2012 says that 58% – 59% of people with tattoos are women, and the most common tattoo designs they get are hearts and angels.
16. If you are thinking to get your inner lip tattooed than it is essential for you to know that it takes 3 days for inner lip tattoos to heal, it is because of the rapid regeneration of the cells. Also, that is the reason due to which tattoos in inner lips fades away or disappear completely in 1-5 years.
Read more: Everything about inner lip tattoo
17. It is very important to know that an unsanitary tattooing practices can transmit diseases like syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV; however, there is still an actual case of HIV being transmitted via a tattoo application to be found.
18. It’s funny but true that 23% of people regret their tattoo designs, and the reason they regret is getting a name tattooed on their body.
Just imagine, you get your body inked with your lover’s name and next year he/she is in somebody else’s life. Dipika Padukone is the best example for this…☺ ☺
well, you don’t as long as you are sure your partner is going to be with you forever. ☺ ☺
19. What do you think how these aspiring tattoo artists practice while starting an apprenticeship? No man, they don’t practice on the human body initially, it is risky re baba… ☺ ☺.
They are usually made to practice on fruit such as Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons as these fruits have the closest texture to human skin.
20. Tattoo numbing creams help relieve the pain, but in some cases these creams may disturb the inking process on the skin, and can affect and deform the visual result of the design because these creams often make the skin swell.
21. Do you know that Montana, Colorado and California are the states with the highest percentage of tattoo friendly people? Whereas, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Florida are the states with highest tattoo discrimination opinions.
22. Albeit, having most tolerant tattoo and piercing policies, only 8% government employees get themselves tattooed.
23. With 14% of all Americans, having at least one tattoo, the U.S. spends approximately $1,650,500,000 annually on tattoos.
24. In the US, Miami is the city where one can find the most tattoo shops, it is like about 24 shops for every 100,000 people. Whereas, Salina, and Kansas are the cities with the least tattoo shops like 2 shops for every 100,000 people.
25. Ankle area is the part of the body where most of the women get themselves tattooed, while men get themselves tattooed, most commonly on their arms.
26. The most expensive tattoo is done with half a carat diamonds, which are encrusted in the skin in place of ink. And the cost of the tattoo is $924,000. It is believed that no one has had it done yet.
27. Usually, the average cost of a small sized tattoo is $45 per hour, while the average cost of a big sized tattoo is approximately $150 per hour. Yes, most often tattoo artist charges hourly rates.
28. Studies shows that New Zealanders are the most tattooed people in the world. And the reason for this is the island’s Māori they still get traditional Polynesian tattoos.
29. In Soviet Russia, some prisoners would get themselves tattooed with the images of their national leaders “Lenin and Stalin.” No, no this is because they support these leaders, in fact it is to escape death penalty. If suppose they were sentenced to death, it is believed that guards would not shoot them because it was considered illegal to shoot at images of their national leaders back then.
30. The oldest tattoo ink recipe consists of Egyptian pine bark, vitriol, corroded bronze, insect eggs, vinegar, and leek juices.
31. Archaeologists have discovered around twelve thousand years’ old tools in France, Portugal, and Scandinavia, it is believed that those tools were probably used for tattooing back then.
32. In the Ancient times people used particular methods for removing the tattoo, which included using scum from the bottom of a chamber pot which was mixed with “very strong vinegar” or otherwise they would use pigeon feces mixed with vinegar and apply it on the tattoo as a poultice “for a real long time.” Likewise, they were able to get rid of their tattoo back then. Is it possible now also? I don’t think so ☺
33. Polynesian tattooing existed before the arrival of the Europeans in the South Pacific and was considered to be the most skillful art of that period.
34. It is believed that the Greeks learned tattooing from the Persians, and used the art of tattooing to mark slaves and criminals so they could be identified easily if they try to escape.While, the Romans learned it from the Greeks and the purpose was more or less same as they would tattoo “fug” on the foreheads of slaves, which stood for “fugitive” colloquially an escapee.
35. Caligula, considered one of the craziest Roman emperors of all time, used to amuse himself by arbitrarily ordering members of his court to be tattooed.
36. In this era, with the advancement in science and technology, however, tattoos are removed with a laser surgery these days as it is considered to be the most effective and popular way to remove a tattoo.
Usually, the laser penetrates the skin and breaks up the tattoo pigments, and that’s how the tattoo pigments are carried away naturally by the body’s immune system. As it was mentioned before also, Black is the easiest color to remove as it absorbs more laser waves and Green and yellow are considered to be the most difficult ones to remove.
37. Pope Hadrian I, in 787, banned any kind of tattooing, he even banned tattooing on criminals and gladiators. And that was the reason, because of which tattooing was almost virtually unknown in most of Western Europe parts until the nineteenth century.
38. The art of tattooing was never regarded positively in Eastern Europe, especially, in the Byzantine Empire.It is said that the Greek emperor Theophilus took revenge on two monks, these monks basically criticized the emperor publicly him by getting eleven verses of obscene iambic pentameter tattooed on their foreheads.
39. George C. Reiger Jr., most commonly known as the “Disney tattoo guy,” has over one thousand Disney tattoos on his body, which also includes all 101 Dalmatians. For getting it done, he had to get special permission from Disney for the images are copyrighted.
40. Tommy Lee’s ex-wife Pamela Anderson was the first celebrity to have a tattoo on Baywatch and hence became particularly responsible for the rise in popularity of tattoo armbands in the late ’90’s.
41. However, in the criminal world most gang members will have an “honorable” tattoo of their affiliation in some part of their body. But, do you know who has secured the title for the most famous of all criminal tattoos till date? It is the Japanese mafia, the Yakuza.
Its members get themselves tattooed with intricate and traditional designs in a full-body suit, in order to hide them entirely from being noticed by their clothes.
It is done to show a sign of their commitment to the gang.
42. Designs that evidently represent tattoos are seen on Egyptian paintings of both men and women in Egyptian art and statues. Also, all the tattooed Egyptian mummies which are discovered till date are females. Egyptologists believe that these designs were symbols of fertility, virginity, and/or rejuvenation back then.
43. There are many studies from the official medical circles which claims that HIV could hypothetically be spread by tattoo practices, however, there has yet to be reported cases of the disease being transmitted via tattoo application till date.
44. We all know Winston Churchill right? But do we really know that his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a tattoo of a snake around her wrist, isn’t it cool? Most often, she used to keep it covered with a diamond bracelet for formal occasions. How can the son go without a tattoo, he too had a tattoo of an anchor on his forearm.
45. Baby Lindbergh was kidnapped in the year 1932, after the incidence many American parents got so worried that they got their children tattooed, the only objective was to have them safe and it was way out to recognize their kids if in case they got lost or abducted.
46. A tattoo gun punctures the skin and reaches actually in the dermis, which we all know is the second layer of skin. The simple reason behind that is the cells of the dermis are remarkably more stable than the cells in the epidermis, which significantly leads to minor fading and dispersion throughout a person’s life.
47. The Latin word which is used for “tattoo” is stigma. Hahaha!
48. A tattoo machine has four parts:
a) The needle, which is used for piercing
b) The tube that is used for the ink
c) An electric motor, which basically starts the function of the machine
d) A foot pedal which is used to control the movement (same as a sewing machine pedal).
49. It is observed that the people mostly get tattoos on these top 12 popular spots: a) wrist, b) lower back, c) arm, d) ankle, e) foot, g) nape, h) back-piece, i) armband, j) neck, k) chest, l) breast, and m) waist.
50. Last but not the least, while getting a tattoo your skin is pierced from about 50 up to 3000 times per minute by the tattoo machine. The tattoo gun punctures and penetrates the skin about one millimeter deep in the skin to the dermis.