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Tattoo.

It's a word that conjurs up the mysterious and exotic.

"Tattoo" is derived from the Polynesian word tatau -- meaning "to make a mark" -- a Pacific tribal tradition that was first introduced to the West by 16th explorers.

dragon tattooAs warriors dressed their bodies for battle, tattoos were worn to send a message. Tattoos have a long history dating back about 5,000 years. Tattoos later came to express all kinds of human emotion -- from fierce war-like temperament to the iconic "I love mom" sentiments worn by American servicemen during World War II.

Once considered fit only for sailors or underworld figures, tattoos emerged into the light in the late 20th century to gain a certain hip respect among the glitterati. That's when famous musicians, Hollywood celebrities, and star athletes began sporting tattoos for all the world to see.

Now well-established within the pop culture mainstream, tattoos might be worn as a sign of rebellion against parents or a simple desire to stand out among the crowd.

Tattoos can express a deep religious feeling or passionate romantic love. They can be a bold statement about life or a whisper a timeless philosophy. Stark, colorful, traditional or stylish, you can always count on tattoos to be as beautiful and varied as the people who wear them.

 

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More information about tatooing around the Web:


Safe Tattooing
- Check out the FAQ at the Alliance of Professional Tattooists for guides to safety issues plus related information on tattooist apprenticeships and professional practices, related news, membership & contact details.

How do Tattoos Work? - More advice for tattoo newbs from Go Ask Alice! with basic overview and links to more about tattoo removal, possible adverse reactions to tattoo ink plus tips & advice on nose and tongue piercings.

The Vanishing Tattoo - Check out this virtual tattoo epic - in search of tattoo history & origins - plus dozens of photo galleries of celebrity tattoos and popular designs.

Tattoo Johnny - The place for great advice on costs, tattoo care & advice on what to expect. Also check out how-to's on choosing a design, where to go and what to ask once your get there. The online store featuring thousands of downloadable designs also deserves a look...

 

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