Are tattoo’s right for me?
Is a tattoo right for me? The art of tattooing has been around for a long time. There are many people in the world who have tattoos, and many reasons as to why people get tattoos. We see people walking around with names, faces and all kinds of different symbols tattooed on their bodies. These same people also might regret getting the tattoo and want it removed. There are also medical issues, like Hepatitis B and AIDs, that are associated with getting tattoos that one needs to think about. The art of tattooing has been around for centuries however, there are many things one should consider before getting a tattoo.
The art of tattooing has been around for centuries. The first people who were discovered to have tattoos were the Egyptians. The tattoos were found on the bodies of women, dating back to c. 2000 B.C. Then in 1991 the body of an Iceman on the Italian-Austrian border was found with tattoos on his body. The scientists performed carbon dating tests on his body, the body was found to be over 5,200 years old. The tattoos on the Iceman are thought to be for medicinal purposes. The tattoos were of small crosses and dots. The tattoos were placed on the body in areas that corresponded with strain-induced degeneration.   There are many different ancient cultures that used tattoos. In ancient Egypt the art of tattooing was thought to be an exclusively female practice.   Joann Fletcher a researcher at the University of York in Britain has said, (Lineberry, 2007) “the mummies found with tattoos were usually dismissed by the male excavators who seemed to assume the women were of “dubious status,” described in some cases as “dancing girls”. Some of the other ancient cultures that used tattoos are the Nubians to the south of Egypt c.2000-15000 B.C., Libyan c. 1300-1100 B.C, Scythian Pazyrk of the Altai Mountain Region, Greeks, Romans, and pre-Columbian cultures of Peru and Chile.   (Lineberry, 2007).
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