A tattoo is a marking done by inserting indelible ink to the dermis of the skin for decorative and other purposes. The origin of the tattoo is quite interesting. Sailors on the Pacific Islands gave themselves tattoos and from there the custom was introduced to the Europeans. However, it is believed that it started in Egypt about 6,000 years ago.

Some scientists claim that skin markings on the skin of an Iceman mummified back in 3300 BC indicate that tattoos existed during that time. During the Egyptian times, tattoos are not meant for body displays but are used on the legs of women as a preventive measure to prevent the dangers of giving birth. From then it spread in other parts in Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands through travellers and trade lines.

Thomas Edison invented the first electric tattoo back in 1876. It was supposed to be an electric engraver but years later, it started the evolution of tattooing. After that, the machines became more and more advanced. From Edison’s blueprints, Samuel O’Reilly made the electric pen, which proved to be a big advancement to how tattoos were given. The machine used today was patented first by Charlie Wagner, it was called a dual coil-reciprocating engraver, especially designed for tattooing. Nowadays, tattoos are becoming more and more popular. Furthermore, the advancement in colors and other equipments have made tattoos a real piece of art.

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