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Tattoo Pics, History and Fun

Updated on May 4, 2013

TONS OF TATTOO INFORMATION

This website includes many historical photos, cool tattoo pics, a virtual tattoo game and numerous quotes and information about tattoos!

A mix of eclectic information, solely for the lover of tattoos and the seeker of interesting stuff!

Thanks for visiting!

Photo depiction by author of this website - Unless otherwise noted, other photos in this site are from website Author's private collection and are all images prior to 1923, in the Public Domain.

1833 TATTOO IMAGE - ONE OF THE EARLIEST TATTOO PICS AVAILABLE

1833 Tattoo Pic
1833 Tattoo Pic

Here is an 1833 image of tattoos (images 1-3). You won't find too many images from this era, they are very difficult to locate.

(This is a copy of the original publication from that date and this photo sheet is in the Public Domain)

Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past. ~Jack London

c1920 EAR ORNAMENTS - TATTOO - PAGAN TRIBES - BORNEO MEN

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A page from People of All Nations, their interesting story and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs by J A Hammerton .Countries include the British empire of Asia, Australasia, Europe and also Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China CanaHere is an 1833 image of tattoos (images 1-3). Reverse page of above - See tattoo pics
A page from People of All Nations, their interesting story and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs by J A Hammerton .Countries include the British empire of Asia, Australasia, Europe and also Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China Cana
A page from People of All Nations, their interesting story and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs by J A Hammerton .Countries include the British empire of Asia, Australasia, Europe and also Bulgaria, Burma, Cambodia, China Cana
Here is an 1833 image of tattoos (images 1-3). Reverse page of above - See tattoo pics
Here is an 1833 image of tattoos (images 1-3). Reverse page of above - See tattoo pics

TATTOO NOTES

In the 1890s, American socialite Ward McAllister said about tattoos: "It is certainly the most vulgar and barbarous habit the eccentric mind of fashion ever invented. It may do for an illiterate seaman, but hardly for an aristocrat."

Good tattoos aren't cheap and cheap tattoos aren't good. ~Author Unknown

WWI WWI 1916 FRENCH SOLDIER TATTOO PICS - BOXERS - BERLIN - TRENCHES

WWI 1916 French Soldier Tattoo Boxers Berlin Trenches A Page with Photographs Or Sketches Taken From The War Illustrated. A WWI Pictorial Record Of The Conflict Of The Nations Edited By J A Hammerton Editor Of Harmsworth History Of The World.
WWI 1916 French Soldier Tattoo Boxers Berlin Trenches A Page with Photographs Or Sketches Taken From The War Illustrated. A WWI Pictorial Record Of The Conflict Of The Nations Edited By J A Hammerton Editor Of Harmsworth History Of The World.

Quirky is sexy, like scars or chipped teeth, like tattoos-they're rebellious.~Jennifer Aniston

TATTOO NOTES

Charles Wagner was the first American tattoo artist who successfully practiced the cosmetic tattooing of women's lips, cheeks and eyebrows. He also tattooed dogs and horses for ID theft. He was also known to be able to combine and organize several small designs to make a larger harmonious pattern.

c1920 MAORI LADY MAN TATTOO SCROLLWORK BARBARIC

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A page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous pictures edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Newfoundland, LuxePage 2 of the above photo.
A page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous pictures edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Newfoundland, Luxe
A page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous pictures edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Newfoundland, Luxe
Page 2 of the above photo.
Page 2 of the above photo.

TATTOO NOTES

Some contemporary cultural anthropologists have interpreted tattooing as an integral part of a larger phenomenon of body modification, including branding, scarring and piercing, inspired by the global disintegration of cultural frontiers.

WORKS OF ART AS TATTOO PIC DESIGNS

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Women Skull - Salvador DaliWomen Skull (Tattoo pic) - Salvador DaliDaniel in the Lions Den - Peter Paul RubensDaniel in the Lions Den (Tattoo Pic) - Peter Paul RubensFinger of God - MichelangeloFinger of God (Tattoo pic) - MichelangeloDove of Peace - Pablo PicassoDove of Peace (Tattoo Pic) - Pablo Picasso
Women Skull - Salvador Dali
Women Skull - Salvador Dali
Women Skull (Tattoo pic) - Salvador Dali
Women Skull (Tattoo pic) - Salvador Dali
Daniel in the Lions Den - Peter Paul Rubens
Daniel in the Lions Den - Peter Paul Rubens
Daniel in the Lions Den (Tattoo Pic) - Peter Paul Rubens
Daniel in the Lions Den (Tattoo Pic) - Peter Paul Rubens
Finger of God - Michelangelo
Finger of God - Michelangelo
Finger of God (Tattoo pic) - Michelangelo
Finger of God (Tattoo pic) - Michelangelo
Dove of Peace - Pablo Picasso
Dove of Peace - Pablo Picasso
Dove of Peace (Tattoo Pic) - Pablo Picasso
Dove of Peace (Tattoo Pic) - Pablo Picasso

CRAZY TATTOOING IN FAST MOTION!

Really wild video of a man getting tattooed at an accelerated speed! COOL!

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Angels - RafaelAngels (Tattoo Pic) - RafaelStarry Starry Night - Vincent Van GoghStarry Starry Night (Tattoo Pic) - Vincent Van GoghSelf Portrait - Vincent Van GoghSelf Portrait (Tattoo Pic) - Vincent Van Gogh
Angels - Rafael
Angels - Rafael
Angels (Tattoo Pic) - Rafael
Angels (Tattoo Pic) - Rafael
Starry Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Starry Night (Tattoo Pic) - Vincent Van Gogh
Starry Starry Night (Tattoo Pic) - Vincent Van Gogh
Self Portrait - Vincent Van Gogh
Self Portrait - Vincent Van Gogh
Self Portrait (Tattoo Pic) - Vincent Van Gogh
Self Portrait (Tattoo Pic) - Vincent Van Gogh

c1920 NEW ZEALAND LADY - TATTOO - MOTHER - BABY - FLAX - WARRIOR

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A page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, MadThe reverse of the above page - See tattoo pics
A page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mad
A page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mad
The reverse of the above page - See tattoo pics
The reverse of the above page - See tattoo pics

Your body is a temple, but how long can you live in the same house before you redecorate? ~Unknown

neck tattoo
neck tattoo

c1920 NEW ZEALAND MAORI - TATTOO - FLAX STALKS - PHORMIUM

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A Page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, MadA reverse page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembo
A Page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mad
A Page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mad
A reverse page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembo
A reverse page from People of All Nations, their life story today and the story of their past captured in numerous photographs edited by J A Hammerton .Countries include Japan, Khiva, Korea, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembo
wing tattoo
wing tattoo

TATTOO NOTES

"Flash" refers to drawings of tattoo designs that are commonly found on tattoo studio walls. Flash comes in two varieties, standardized images that are sold commercially, or images drawn by tattoo artists themselves.

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A REAL FUNNY "TATTALE" FROM A TATTOO ARTIST!

A story that quickly comes to mind, a few years back, I do a tattoo for a guy that has his name, his wife's name and his daughter's name in it (a ribbon wrapped around a rose). As is my custom, when finished, I have him look at it in the mirror to check it out prior to bandaging it. He looks at it, then turns to me looking rather pissed and tells me I wrote the names backwards. I calmly asked him if he'd ever looked into a mirror before and he instantly turned red and started to apologize profusely. True story.

I want to get a tattoo of myself on my entire body, only two inches taller. ~Steven Wright

SAY TATTOO 12 TIMES REALLY FAST THEN SIGN THE GUESTBOOK!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @anonymous: I am not sure. You may want to try Amazon.com.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really love tattoo. making tattoo is my favourite hobby.. I actually have some tattoo in my body.. but here at vanuatu we don't use the proper machine for tattoo to make tattoo. we invent a special machine to do it.. is not very gud but the important think is to have tattoo on our body. actually I really try to find the proper machine to do tattoo but is too hard to get one. can you help me.. thanks

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Interesting lens.

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      I love tattoo's (even thought I have none) and this is such a great reading, enjoyed it so much!

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      emmesinger1 5 years ago

      The history here ... multiple pics ... really cool and hard to find. Thanks for sharing! I have a lens under construction (03 April 12) on breast cancer tattoos. There is so much information however so I will be breaking it down into at least two (covering Pinkwashing separately). Stop by and contact me if you have any suggestions for improvement. Thanks in advance!

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      jaredsgirl 5 years ago

      Fantastic lens!! I love the old articles. You have such a creative way of making your lenses unique. I just have to read more. Another great work of art.