How Tattoos Have Evolved

Thesis: Throughout history the function and the purpose of tattoos have changed from originally being a sign of status or medicinal reasons, and other reasons to the present day form of entertainment.

The earliest record of tattoos dates back 5000 years. What is known today as the “Ice Man” was found in 1991. The scientists named him Otzi. According to where the markings were found it is seemed to be believed that the tattoos were used as some type of treatment for pain. In around 2000BC female dancers and girls that were known to be involved in prostitution were marked so people would know what they were.
As time went on the Ancient Romans didn’t believe in having tattoos on the body because they thought it to be impure to the body. Except for the people that broke the law which were tattooed as a brand to show that they were criminals. After the 12th century tattooing kind of disappeared until the 18th century. By then tattoos became important to the people of the Islands. The women used them to show sexual maturity, mourning, and spirituality. These women usually used soot to make their tattoos. They wanted the markings to be dark or black. Other ancient cultures used yellow rather then the dark colors, such as the Inuit. The Nubians of south Egypt preferred the color blue. The tattoos that were used in these times were usually dots, dashes, lines and diamonds. The Russians about 2400 years ago were known for the tattoos in the form of animals. They were used for decoration only, but they also had symbols of status rank. Tattoos in Japan were first done on clay figures. These figures were shaped like humans that represented the dead. It was thought that these tattoos had religious or magical importance. This had been dated back to about 3000BC. The Horis which were known to be masters and eventually made the full body suit tattoo. In 297 AD first documented the body suit in Japan were put on men for decoration only. The men that wore this body suit were...