The History of Tattoo and Piercing

Tattoos and Piercings


Michael Dunn

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Some people may not know the history behind Tattoos and Piercings, so I am here to feel you in on everything. There are so many reasons behind why individuals get them and I think after you read this you might be amazed at how much you can learn.

Thesis Statement

Some people may believe that Tattoos and Piercings are a waste of their money and time, but it is simply a way for individuals to express themselves through art. Some people may regret them but they are here to stay, unless you are willing to pay some big money.

      I want to begin by telling you things about tattoos that you may not have known. First of all they have been around for many years. They were first discovered in Egypt. In 2000 B.C. tattooing was making its way around the world.   George Burchett was the leading tattooist in London for more than 50 years. (George Burchett, 1958) states that his clients were actresses, doctors, judges, a bishop, and assorted royalty including King George V of England and the late King Frederick of Denmark.

The earliest record of tattooing in the United States was written by seamen in the nineteenth century.         ( Steve Gilbert,1958) claims that the first American tattoo artist was C. H. Fellowes, who designs were discovered in 1966 by a Rhode Island antique dealer and are now in the collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic Connecticut. Today tattoos are more popular than ever. There are a lot of individuals in this world that have at least one or more tattoos. They are a work of art. Some get them for personal reasons like a death in the family. They get their loved ones names tattooed on their body. Some get tattoos because it is a way for them to express themselves through art, while others may get them to just fit in with their friends. You have to be at least 18 yrs of age to get a tattoo in the world today. In the older days kids as young as 10 were getting...