Astonishing facts about Tattoos

Astonishing facts about Tattoos
July 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 7/10/2019 11:52:09 AM IST

 Love them or hate them, there’s no denying that tattoos have a fascinating history. It is believed tattooing stemmed a form of healing similar to acupuncture, and evolved into the art form it is today.

When it was introduced into the Western world, it was mainly popular among sailors, but gained popularity in the 1970’s. No longer a form of rebellion, the art of tattooing has become more widely accepted than ever.

The oldest known tattooed human skin to date is found on the body of Ötzi the Iceman, who was estimated between 3370 and 3100 BC. His body was found in the Alps and had 61 tattoos of simple dots and lines using carbon ink.

In 1891, the first electric tattoo machine was invented and patented by Samuel O’Reilly. A tattoo gun can puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute, penetrating the skin about one millimeter deep in the skin to the dermis.

23% of people regret their tattoos, with the biggest regret being a tattooed name. Women are twice as likely to get their tattoos removed than men. 

One of the oldest recorded tattoo ink recipes consists of Egyptian pine bark, corroded bronze, vinegar, vitriol, leek juice and insect eggs.

The word “tattoo” is one of the most misspelled words in the English language. It is commonly spelled as “tatoo.”

Gregory Paul McLaren holds the Guinness World Record for being the most tattooed person. He is 99.9% covered, including the inside of his eyelids, mouth, and ears. When having a tattoo laser removed, black is the easiest color to remove because it absorbs more laser waves, while green and yellow are the most difficult to remove.

Tattooing was illegal in South Carolina until 2004. Until 2006, it was illegal to get a tattoo in Oklahoma.

Tattooing is illegal in three countries: Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates.

When starting an apprenticeship, aspiring tattoo artist usually practice on fruit. Grapefruit, oranges, and lemons are the closest texture to human skin.

Unsanitary tattooing practices can transmit diseases such as syphilis, hepatitis B and HIV; however, there has yet to be an actual case of HIV being transmitted via a tattoo application. The part of the body tattooed the most among women, is the ankle area. Among men, the most common spot is the arm.

The most expensive tattoo in the world costs $924,000. It is done with half a carat diamonds encrusted into the skin instead of ink. No one has ever had it done.

New Zealanders are the most tattooed people in the world. This is mostly due to the island’s Mãori who still get traditional Polynesian tattoos.  

(The Factsite)

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