Archive for the ‘Tattoo History’ Category

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.


Ask yourself if you know someone with a tattoo. Chances are you do, or you may even have a couple yourself.

The popularity of tattoos over the past few years has blossomed. This may be a for a few reasons;
Is it because a growing amount of celebrities, actors, singers and athletes are getting inked or possibly because of shows like L.A and Miami Ink?
It’s obvious to anyone that they are a lot more mainstream then they have been in past years. Walk down a busy street, one in two people will have a visible tattoo.

Let’s look into the history of the tattoo, people used to look at it as being for the “rebellious types”, such as bikers, sailors, and prisoners.
Some people are still lost in these times, but times are changing and so are the misconceptions linked with tattoos.

Lets face it, we get people from all walks of life, of all ages come in and get tattooed. In fact, we had a gentleman aged 70+ who came to get his first tattoo and was a little emotional because he loved it so much and regretted not getting more while he was younger.

If you happen to spot a tattoo on somebody at the shops, keep in mind that they could be a doctor, lawyer, police officer, firefighter, or even a teacher. You just can not tell anymore and there’s no reason to judge them.
Like them or not though tattoos are here to stay!

The word “tattoo” itself first showed up in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary in 1777.

 The original origin is unclear but most historians trace it back to Captain James Cook, who returned to Europe from a South Pacific expedition in 1769.  He described the markings of certain Tahitian tribes. They called the markings “tatau” meaning “to mark” (though Cook originally spelled it “tattaw”).

Most people believe that this is most likely where the current word comes from,  eventhough the practice existed for thousands of years, this is the term we’ve all learn to love!