1850 – 1900 : Likened to carnival freak shows, people flocked to the circus to see the amazing tattooed Lady
1900 – 1950 : An indication of a Sailor or Marine. Not so much a social stigma but indicative of enlisted men.
1950 – 1960 : Tattoos became more popular with the criminal element; out-law bikers, social outcasts & the mentally ill.
1960 – 1990 : The age of “Prison tats”.
1990 – Today: With the growing popularity of tattoos and the tatoo culture, the social stigma is almost gone, some people’s opinions can never be changed though.