25 Surprising Facts About Tattoos That You Probably Didn’t Know

Today’s list presents 25 Surprising Facts About Tattoos That You Probably Didn’t Know! There’s no doubt that we live in one of the most progressive eras in history. Our society is more open to different cultures and trends than ever before.

Tattoos have been around for thousands of years and they haven’t always been viewed negatively. In certain societies, tattoos symbolized something sacred or even honorable. Nowadays, many people see tattoos as works of art or as a way to enhance one’s beauty.

Still, there are those who see them in a dark light. In their minds, tattoos represent prison life, gangs, drug use, and racist organizations among other bad things. So, are you one of those people who want to get a tattoo but are skeptical about it? The following 25 Surprising Facts About Tattoos That You Probably Didn’t Know will enlighten you enough to make the right decision.

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Laser tattoo removal is the modern way


The advance of science and technology made tattoo removal easier and less disgusting. These days laser surgery is considered the most effective and popular way to remove a tattoo.

The laser penetrates the skin and breaks up the tattoo pigments. This way the pigments are carried away naturally by the body’s immune system.


The Greco-Roman view on tattoos


The Greeks learned tattooing from the Persians. They mainly used tattoos to mark slaves and criminals so they could be identified if they escaped. The Romans learned it from the Greeks and would tattoo “fug” on the foreheads of slaves, for “fugitive.”


Caligula found tattoos amusing in a strange way


It’s no secret that Caligula was one of the craziest Roman emperors of all time. He would often amuse himself by capriciously ordering members of his court to be tattooed.


Pope Adrian I banned tattoos for centuries


In 787, Pope Adrian I banned tattooing of any kind. Even on criminals and gladiators. From that point, tattooing was virtually unknown in most of Western Europe until the nineteenth century.


The Byzantines found tattoos humiliating


Tattooing wasn’t viewed positively in Eastern Europe either. Especially in the Byzantine Empire. The Greek emperor Theophilus for example, took revenge on two monks who had publicly criticized him by having eleven verses of obscene iambic pentameter tattooed on their foreheads.

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