Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

Tuesday, Aug 10, 2021, 10:39 am
By:Tony Williams

1.How it hampers your career

A survey by Pennsylvania's York College showed that when it comes to your career having a tattoo can really hamper it. 61% of the people surveyed said that it would make a difference to their opinion if the person had a tattoo, so think twice about it as it could hurt in more ways than one.

How it hampers your career-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

2.It was illegal in New York City

Getting a tattoo was actually illegal in New York City between 1961 and 1997. It was banned due to the risk of Hepatitis B after an outbreak, but eventually the Department of Health had a change of heart.

It was illegal in New York City-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

3.The first machine

The first tattooing machine dates from 1891 and it was patented by a guy called Samuel F. O'Reilley. All he did though was adapt a machine for something else that had been invented by Thomas Edison, so he did have a helping hand.

The first machine-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos


4.Its meaning

The word tattoo apparently comes from a Polynesian word tatau, which means puncture, mark made on skin. At least the meaning does actually fit in with the word for a change.

Its meaning-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

5.European missionaries

It seems that European missionaries were against tattoos, so of course when you are against them you need to remove them. However, the problem was that they did not have lasers, so what did they do? They would rub rough sandstone on the bare skin in the hope that this would scratch them off.

European missionaries-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

6.Friday 13th

People tend to be wary of doing anything on Friday 13th, so how come so many people decide to get a tattoo on that day? Perhaps they are confident that nothing will go wrong or maybe it is to do with the big discounts.

Friday 13th-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

7.A rooster and a pig

This has to be one of the strangest pieces of trivia that you will ever read. Sailors used to tattoo a pig on one foot and a rooster on the other as they believed it would stop them from drowning. Care to point out that neither animal can swim?

A rooster and a pig-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

8.The money

The tattoo industry is worth a staggering $2.4 billion a year and can you imagine how many tattoos that translates into? This figure has gone up recently as it has become cool to have at least some kind of a tattoo.

The money-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

9.The Maori

You may know that the Maori cover themselves in tribal tattoos, but do you know how they do them? Believe it or not, but they use bone chisels to carve the design into their skin and then use ink to finish the pattern. Boy are they tough.

The Maori-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

10.Its popularity in the US

Studies show that approximately 14% of Americans have at least one tattoo. This is quite surprising because you would have perhaps expected it to be higher than that since everybody seems to have one.

Its popularity in the US-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

11.The finger-stache

This rather amusing little tattoo has apparently been around since 2003, so did you think it would have been around that long? The question now is whether or not it is past its best as a joke.

The finger-stache-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos

12.The oldest

The oldest recorded tattoo at this moment in time is almost 5500 years old. It was found on the skin of Otzi who was a man that was found in ice in the Alps.

The oldest-Things You Didn't Know About Tattoos



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