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The Art of Tattooing In 1891 the electric tattoo machine was invented by Samuel O Reilly At that time tough guys and sailors were getting tattoos and the popular tattoos of the times were anchors eagles flags and hearts Then a break out of hepatitis made it illegal in most states to get a tattoo and it is not legal again until the early 1990s I got my first tattoo in 1997 I was only 15 at the time and I was begging my mom and dad to get my tongue pierced My mom must have the idea that is she told me I could get a tattoo instead on the piercing that I would not do it Boy was she ever wrong I went through with and now when I think back I think that she was pretty dumb because at least if I had gotten the piercing I could have let in grow shut Today tattoos are more popular than ever It has been estimated that one in every seven or 35 million people in North America alone have at least one So since it is now legal today it is my mission to properly inform you about the history of tattoos and the process of getting one The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word Tatu which means to mark something It is claimed that tattooing has existed since 12000 BC and that the purposes vary from culture to culture In recorded history the earliest tattoos can be traced back to Egypt during the constructions of the great pyramids When the Egyptians expanded their empire the art of tattooing spread too Crete Greece Persia and Arabia civilizations noticed it then expanded it to a form of communication They used it mostly to mark social ranks in their society Greeks marked spies Romans marked criminals and the Ainu people marked the girls of coming of age The Ainu are credited for
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