The Beginning of Tattoos

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When Did Tattoos Begin? Tattoos are not a new fad that grew over night. Tattooing has been a form of art that people have used to communicate with for ages. Whether it is a family crest, a butterfly, or a zodiac sign, all tattoos have meaning in which someone can tell a story. The history of tattoos goes as far back as the first people who roamed this Earth. Tattoos have been around for so long that no historian or archaeologist can precisely trace back to when and where tattooing began.
From the Beginning of Time In Archaeologists Jarrett Lobell and Eric Powell’s study of tattoos, Ancient Tattoos, they make the case that “…body art has been a meaningful form of expression throughout the ages and across the world” (41). Lobell and Powell have studied body modifications on ancient artifacts and mummies all over the world, such as, Italy, Egypt, and Oceania. Depending on the time and geographic location that these body modifications were given, they could have a number of meanings, such as, “…adornment, status symbol, or declaration of religious belief” (Lobell and Powell 41). Since the art of tattooing has been around for over a great number of years, it would be quite difficult to pinpoint exactly where the very first tattoo was given and what the meaning behind it was. One of the earliest forms of tattoos was traced back to 3500-3100 B.C., which included charcoal that was rubbed into small incisions in the skin. This early form of tattooing was found on Ötzi the Iceman,

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