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Tattoos – 10 Facts you don’t know about it

Updated on December 10, 2012
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1. First person that was positively identified with a tattoo was found in the Swiss Alps and dated around 5,000 BC (almost seven millenniums ago).

2. Through the history there were cases were people was forcibly tattooed with the purpose of identification. The most notorious example was the identification system for POW (prisoners of war) in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust .

3. The record for the longest tattoo session lasted for 43 hr 50 min and was achieved in 2006 by two persons from Australia.


4. The most tattooed person in the world is a sword swallowing Australian who spent more then 1,000 hours having his body tattooed by many artists. Now it looks like this.

 5. According to a study conducted in 2006 from people that live in United States approximate 36% with ages between 18-25 and 40% with ages between 26-40 had at least one tattoo.


6. In United States, the most tattoos shops are found in Miami, home of the popular TV show "Miami Ink". There are about 24 shops per 100,000 people.

 7. In Japan, government banned tattoos in the 19th century, a prohibition that stood for 70 years before being repealed in 1948, based on the fact that tattoos were particularly associated with organized crime (Yakuza). Although the law isn’t active today, the negative connotation still persisted. 

 8. Among the principal religions only Christianity adopted a neutral politic about tattoos.  In Islamic and Judaism religion tattoos are forbidden.


9. According to couple of tests a slight interaction between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and some metallic pigments used in tattoos could occur, potentially causing distortion in images.


10. Because of risk infection, tattooing is under strict hygiene rules. The needles that perform the skin penetration must be on single use as well as the ink and the tattoo artist must wear gloves each time. Among the most severe infections that can be transmitted there are several forms of hepatitis. Although theoretically even HIV can be transmitted in United States were not reported cases of such an infection contracted during a tattoo session. 


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      ????? 4 years ago

      it was usefull

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      Mysterry. 5 years ago

      I wanna be cool too and comment!!!

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      Catalin79 6 years ago from Bucuresti

      Thanks Bydog; fun to write too;

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      Bygdog 6 years ago

      Fun hub to read, good job.

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      Catalin79 6 years ago from Bucuresti

      Thanks Chanroth; I'm glad that you liked the hub; you should read also the hub with piercing, you can find pretty cool stuff there too;

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      chanroth 6 years ago from California, USA

      That was quite interesting. Something I didn't know much about tattoo. I honestly hate tattoo and I don't know why would someone ink themselves...but I'm glad to read this hub. Very informative! Vote up! :)

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      KristenGrace 7 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

      Interesting facts. Thanks for this hub.

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      Catalin79 7 years ago from Bucuresti

      Thank you for your kind words. Glad to hear that my hubs are appreciated.

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      steve-bc-ca 7 years ago from West Kelowna, BC, Canada

      I enjoyed your hub very informative and with great images. Thanks for a good read. Learned lots. Useful and beautiful.

      Good One, Steve.