Tats… Everybody has another reaction to that word. It consistently got my focus. I believe the first one I saw on a live man, was my cousins. I must have been 8 or 7 years old. He’d a humorous caricature of a demon on his arm with “born to raise hell” written over it. I was amazed by it and I needed one the second I saw that little demon when I christened my skin, although it was not until my mid 20’s.
Now, tattooing is a lot more accepted in society than it was back in the 60’s, still; there are folks that frown upon the notion of indicating your body with ink….eternally. When itis their personal taste, or a spiritual problem, they can not deny that the tat is nearly as old as culture itself.
The term tattoo comes from the Tahitian word “tatu”, meaning to indicate or to reach something. The first known tattooed man is the ill-famed “Iceman” found in 1991, in the Otzal Alps, situated in Italy. Carbon dating established that he’d lived about 5,300 years past. Fifty eight tats were noticed on his body!! Archaeologists believe he was an important figure in his society. The tats were water and charcoal .
Early cultures used tats to ward off bad luck or illness. The Egyptians were the first to use needles to tattoo the body. Children’s dolls decorated with tats have been, discovered by archaeologists exhuming graves. Tattooing distribute through Greece, and Arabia, and By 2000 BC., the tat had arrived in Asia.
Members of particular tribes got grueling hours tattooing their bodies as a right of passage. Those tools continue to be used now, for those same rites, but it’s a dying art form, performed exclusively by those maintaining their culture. Additionally they developed a facial tat known as the “Moko”.
Centuries past in Europe, it was common to possess family crests but tattooing vanished when the Normans invaded in 1066. 600 years after, a sailor named William Dempher, ran into Prince Giolo, called the Painted Prince. He put on exhibit was brought to London from Polynesia, and became a sense.
In the 1700’s, across Oami,a heavily tattooed guy, whom he brought back to England, Captain Cook came on one of his many excursions to the South Pacific. The English were amazed, and shortly tattooing became a fad amongst the upper class. Still it’d be another 100 years before tattooing would have an effect in The United States.
Samuel O’Rielly in 1891 devised the very first electric tattoo machine. It evolved from an electrical pencil that Thomas Edison had invented several years before. This machine is really much like the one used now. With this particular innovation, it was quite simple to acquire a tat, so the upper class slowly turned its back on the artwork, and by the 1900’s the glamor of being tattooed had lost its allure. Tattoo artists found themselves working the seedy places of localities, and tattooing went.