Tattoos seem to be one of those things that you are either not into at all, or you are really into. No matter what side of the spectrum you fall on though, this list will provide you with some entertaining stories about tattoos and the people who get them. As an art, tattooing has been around since antiquity. The word “tattoo” was actually borrowed from the Polynesian word “tatau” which means “correct, or workmanlike”. It was then brought to Europe by James Cook. Before that point, it had been referred to as painting or scarring. Some of the oldest discovered mummies actually have tattoos which leads anthropologists to believe that tattooing has played a significant role in human cultural for thousands of years. These days tattooing is done for a variety of reasons and along with it come numerous stigmas and taboos. For example, in Japan you may not be admitted to some public baths if you have tattoos due to potential associations with gang members, or Yakuza. There are also questionable ethical issues associated with tattooing. For example, some companies are offering to pay people if they have their company logo tattooed on their forehead. It’s a crazy world. These are 25 impressive stories about tattoos that will leave a mark on you.
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