Incredibly Artistic Tattoos

A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment.

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The first written reference to the word, “tattoo” (or Samoan “Tatau”) appears in the journal of Joseph Banks (24 February 1743 – 19 June 1820)

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the naturalist aboard Captain Cook’s ship the HMS Endeavour: “I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition”.

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The word “tattoo” was brought to Europe by the explorer James Cook, when he returned in 1771 from his first voyage to Tahiti

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New Zealand. In his narrative of the voyage, he refers to an operation called “tattaw”. Before this it had been described as scarring, painting, or staining.

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Tattooing has been practiced for centuries in many cultures, particularly in Asia, and spread throughout the world.[citation needed] The Ainu

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an indigenous people of Japan, traditionally had facial tattoos. Today, one can find Atayal, Seediq, Truku, and Saisiyat of Taiwan

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Berbers of Tamazgha (North Africa), Yoruba, Fulani and Hausa people of Nigeria, and Māori of New Zealand with facial tattoos.

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Tattooing spread among Polynesians and among certain tribal groups in Africa

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Borneo, Cambodia, Europe, Japan, the Mentawai Islands, MesoAmerica

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New Zealand, North America and South America, the Philippines, and Taiwan

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Indeed, the island of Great Britain takes its name from tattooing

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Britons translates as “people of the designs”, and Picts, the peoples who originally inhabited the northern part of Britain

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literally means “the painted people”.[3] Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing

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the practice continues to be popular in many parts of the world

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