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The art of Tattoo has been around for many thousands of yearsThe styles and reasons for it have varied from individual to individual as they have from society to societySome tattoos were done for simple adornment others done for religious beliefsand others still for reasons only their owners will understandTattooing has existed in one form or a another across the globe since before recorded history and the popularity of this unique form of expression will most likely continue for centuries to comeAlthough the basic concept of tattoo has been a constant throughout the history of mankind the styles and reasons for it have evolved along with mans own evolutionFive thousand years agoa man fell dead on the slopes of the Italian AlpsFive thousand years later when his well preserved body was discoveredsomething remarkable was foundAcross his back and behind both knees were several simple line tattoosThe significance to these tattoos if there was any other then to decorate the body are unknownSome speculate that they were done for medicinal purposesThe pigments used may have been a certain type of berry know to have curative effects for different The oldest tattooed mummy on record is the Lady Amunetwho was a priestess of the Goddess HathorShe lived in Thebes around 2160 BCHer tattoos consisted of curling blue lines and dots scattered across most of her bodyHistorians dont know if there were specific reasons or meanings associated with the markings themselvesor the placementhowever the current theory is that they are somehow related to a hieroglyphic image of a woman covered in tattoosThese images of tattooed women found in the tombs of Kings are known as the Brides of the deadIt was thought that these brides of the dead would lead the dead Kings to the after life and there rejuvenate themAmunet perhapswas a living representation of this religious beliefEventually Egyptian tattooing began to move past simple abstract symbols and into more representational artThe
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