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Tattooing has been around much longer than most people think Most people envision natives with tribal tattoos or sleazy parlors on the wrong side of the tracks filled with bikers and sailors but thats not even close to where it started Scientists found a man the ice man said to be the oldest man ever found intact that dated to the prehistoric era and he had tattoos And there were also the Egyptians who were masterful tattooists Usually only the upper class priests and priestesses had tattoos The women wore tattoos on their bellies to ensure fertility and many of the priestesses were heavily tattooed especially on the face In the years of the Roman Empire tattooing was almost wiped off the face of the earth in civilized cultures Barbarians were the only ones that sported tattoos and to wear a tattoo was an offence punishable by death The Romans believed that the body was to remain in its purest form and tattoos had no place in this ideal Roman soldiers encountered many tattooed barbarians in their conquests for Rome and needless to say the soldiers began bringing tattoos back into the mainstream Christianity soon came along and with it the secrecy of an underground religion in a Roman state of intolerance Christians began tattooing crosses on the underside of their forearms as a secret sigh to other Christians This was a bold statement of their faith although secret a Christian caught with a cross tattoo would be killed in short time History has shown that tattooed individuals were set apart from the norm being a priest royalty a criminal and a slave But times have changed Exit the drunken sailor lovesick adolescent and occasional Pharaoh There is a new gang of marked men and women in tattoo parlor lore evangelical Christians More than a millennium after church authorities condemned tattooing as a form of deviltry that disfigures the body evangelical youth are permanently altering
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