A few years ago, tattoos were considered “diabolical”, “cursed” and even grandmothers and mothers were heard to say that these caused skin cancer, that people who had them could not undergo an MRI, nor could they donate blood, among many other taboos that people believed and commented on daily. .

However, in order to understand about the slow and constant change in tattoos in society, you have to know a little about their history. We invite you to continue reading.

history of tattoos

Tattoos are considered an art.


Courtesy Ministry of Culture of Barranquilla

The origin of tattoos dates back to more than 5000 years before Christ, when the natives used clay to mark their skin to initiate religious rites or ceremonies.

However, when talking about real tattoos, ‘The Iceman’ or ‘Ötzi’, The oldest mummy in Egypt, it had many more tattoos than you might imagine.

This mummy was discovered in the glaciers of the Ozta Alps in 1991. ‘Ötzi‘ He had 68 tattoos, just on his left wrist, in addition to having two on his back, five on his right leg and another two on his left. “It has been speculated that they could have been performed at that time as a kind of acupuncture, or magical and healing function,” the outlet reported. ConfidentialSpanish digital newspaper.

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“It is believed that at that time tattoos were used to prevent diseases, as a magical element and in women to show courage or confirm maturity,” explained the previously mentioned medium.

But more than talking about who was the first to do them, we must also talk about the techniques that were used, because Mayje Tattoo, a studio specializing in tattooing, stated that in thailand the Say Yant technique was used, which is and continues to be used, which was based on using “a long bamboo stick with a sharp tip called Sak Mai”

Meanwhile in Japan “needles tied to a metal or wooden end were used”, where the tattoo artist “stretched the skin with one hand and with the other hit the instrument on the area to be tattooed”, he explained.

Check that the needles to be used on your skin are sealed in their packaging.

Despite the fact that there is evidence of people who tattooed themselves thousands of years ago, it must be borne in mind that they possibly did so because of their beliefs and cultures, since compared to today, this art has gained new meaning over the years. years. Currently, there are those who do them for pleasure, for fashion and even for obligation, still becoming a lucrative business.

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An investigation carried out by students from the University of Costa Rica determined through a survey that, “of the tattooed people, half have only one tattoo and the other half have two or more. The average number of tattoos per individual is two, and the highest number of tattoos recorded on a single person was 16”, taking into account that by that date, in 2016, there were around 400,000 people with at least one tattoo.

While, in Colombia, by 2020, “6% of Colombians over 35 years old had tattoos, 19% from 25 to 34 years old and people from 18 to 24 years old, 47% were tattooed,” according to the local media. Channel One.

Demonstrating, to this day, that neither culture nor beliefs are an obstacle to decide to get a tattoo.

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