A Peek at Some Unique and Extreme Tattoos
People with tattoos can be found everywhere. The indigenous people called Ainu, traditionally wore facial tattoos. Today these facial tattoos are not uncommon in places like Tamazgha in North Africa, Maori in New Zealand, East-Turkey, and Atayal in Taiwan. Tattooing is deep rooted in tribal groups found in Taiwan, Philippines, Borneo, Mentawai Islands, Africa, North America, South America, Mesoamerica, Europe, Japan, Cambodia, New Zealand, and Micronesiana. It has grown in popularity, and continues to be practiced my many worldwide.
The word tattoo and the concept of tattooing was introduced to Europe by sailors on voyages. The word changed in English to be known as tattoo, but originated from the Polynesian word tatau from the 18th century. The Polynesian practice became popular among European sailors, before spreading to Western societies in general. Tattooing in Japan has been thought to go back as far as 10,000 years ago.
Tattoos have long served as symbolic marks of bravery, pledges of love, religious and spiritual devotion, status, rank, sexual lures, fertility, etc. within many different cultures. Today, there are many different reasons of why people are wearing tattoos. For some it's an individual way of displaying uniqueness and a passion for the art. Some have sentimental values, while others use it as a form of cosmetics. You can now also find tattoos being done in the medical field to ensure proper location of treatment for patients undergoing radiationtherapy.
Did You Know?
In 1991, a 5,000 year-old frozen man was discovered and scientists found a total of 57 different tattoos on his well preserved body.
The tattooing machine is based on the design of the modern doorbell.
Among Americans with tattoos, 34% said having a tattoo has made them feel sexier. Interestingly, more tattooed females (42%) feel this way than males (25%).
The world’s most tattooed person is Tom Leppard from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, who has 99.9 per cent of his body covered with a leopard-skin design. Guinness World Records states that the only parts of Tom’s body that remain untattooed are the skin between his toes and the insides of his ears.
In the late-18th and early-19th centuries collecting tattooed Maori heads became so popular in Europe that many Maoris were murdered to supply the trade.
The Maori people in New Zealand tattooed their heads (moko) and buttocks by chiselling a design into the skin and rubbing ink into it. Europeans considered these heads to be curiosities and before long a trade sprang up, with the Maori exchanging heads for firearms. Soon the Maori began to trade the heads of their enemies killed in battle, but when demand started to exceed supply, men began to be murdered in cold blood for their tattoos.
Though tattooing has definitely made it's mark in history, it still remains to be of popular interest among people all over the world. Displayed next, are some tattoos of unique and extreme quality.
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