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8 Facts You Definitely Didn’t Know About Tattoos

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Tattoos have been around since pretty much the beginning of time. Ancient European civilizations had them, as did Africans, pacific islanders, and Native Americans. The earliest evidence of tattoos actually came from female mummies in Egypt.

Getting inked is a perfect way to express your own individualism. Tattoos can be a way to commemorate important events or people in your life. They can be expression of things that you love or are passionate about.

Just a couple of generations ago, tattoos held negative connotations. It was widely held that tattoos were only for rebels or degenerates. These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find many young people without at least one, or who isn’t considering getting one in the future. They are less indicative of your outlaw status, and more just a peek into who you are.

The choice to get body art should not be made lightly. Research your artist and remember that you get what you pay for. Tattoos are wonderful when done well. If you are contemplating having work, these 8 interesting facts about tatoos might help you make up your mind. Even if you aren’t, keep reading, you might find them fascinating as well.

1. Tats haven’t always been legal

You can drive through just about any town in America these days and find at least one tattoo parlor. Bigger cities might have one on every corner. But, it wasn’t always this way. In the 1960s, Many people were extremely cautious due to large amounts of hepatitis outbreaks. In fact, between 1961 and 1997, it was actually illegal to be tattooed in New York City. This made artists and clients resort to “back alley“ or “underground“ operations. I can’t imagine that did much for safety, because it eliminated the inspections by the health department that all businesses are subjected to. Massachusetts banned tattooing up until the year 2000. Breaking this law was met with stiff penalties, including jail time. These days, tattoos are legal in all 50 states, with varying laws concerning minors. Some require only parental permission for underage kids, while others will not allow tattoos on any person under 18.

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2. Henna

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While traditional tattoos are forever, some people might opt for a less permanent version using henna instead. Much like the temporary tatoos we all loved as children, but much more grown up, Henna tatoos can be a fun way to express yourself. Hannah is derived from plants, and his light orange in color, then darkens over time. This dye has been around for thousands of years, used for hair coloring and beautifully designed skin markings. Black Henna should be avoided, as it contains synthetic ingredients that can cause reactions that leave permanent scars. Some even contain carcinogens that can cause leukemia. Seems that sticking with the traditional orange is the best bet.

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3. Macy’s

The famous department store, Macy’s, opened its first store in 1858 in New York City. It is well known for the huge parade each thanksgiving.

The logo for this iconic store is a simple red star. Recognizable anywhere in the world. What most people don’t know is that the star was inspired by a ratio that founder R.H. Macy had on his forearm. He got the tattoo when he was a young man working on a whaling ship. Hard to believe a well to do business man had such a rough and hard beginning. He achieved the American dream, and his tatoo is immortalized forever with every ad and storefront bearing its likeness.

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Written by Amanda Johnson

Amanda Johnson is a former Army brat who resides in southern Alabama. She is married to her wonderful husband, Brian, and has four children; Justin, Nicolas, Molly, and Lucas. She loves reading, writing, cooking, and going to concerts. She also loves spending time at the beach and hopes to retire there someday.

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