THE HISTORY OF TATTOOS

 

ntul-mom-dad-feet-tattoos RITDo you have a tattoo? or have you ever wanted to have one?

What is parents’ attitude towards tattoos? Is there a kind of taboo related to tattoos?

What could the reasons be?

Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. Ötzi the Iceman, dating from the 5th to 4th millennium BC, was found in the Alps and had some 57 carbon tattoos consisting of simple dots and lines on his lower spine, behind his left knee, and on his right ankle. These tattoos were thought to be a form of healing because of their placement, which resembles acupuncture. Other mummies bearing tattoos and dating from the end of the 2nd millennium BC have been discovered, such as the Mummy of Amunet from ancient Egyptor the Chirabaya mummy found in Southern Peru.

Pre-Christian Germanic, Celtic and other central and northern European tribes were often heavily tattooed, according to surviving accounts. The Picts were famously tattooed with elaborate, war-inspired black or dark blue designs.  But many cultures share this practice of permanently painting bodies willingly or unwillingly.

Let’s think of the Nazi’s detention camps and their marking procedures on prisoners. And what about the Yakuza’s affiliation system?

Watch this video from TedED to discover more

 

Spend a couple of minutes to do this POLL ON TATTOOS

 

Deepen your curiosity on tattoos surfing this websites:

WIKIPEDIA: History of tattooing

SMITHSONIAN: The ancient and misterious history

BBC: Why do people go back for more and more tattoos?

HUFFINGTON POST: Tattoo Psychology: art or self-destruction?

KIDSHEALTH: Safe tattooing

 

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