Nov 14, 2021
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Interesting facts about tattoos


Hello, our dear readers of the site. Not so long ago, tattoos were the “mark” of rioters and social outcasts – bikers, sectarians, ex-prisoners, etc. But today, the average girl most likely has at least a small tattoo on her wrist, chest, or ankle. The same applies to men. Today, a tattoo is a decoration on the body, which is not associated with anything bad at all.

And today we decided to tell you more about these drawings. In this article, we have collected the most interesting facts about tattoos.

# 1

The tattoo is located in the second layer of the skin – the dermis. The first layer of the skin is the epidermis. During the application of paints, part of them enters the epidermis, but it is regularly renewed, the cells die off and then fall off. To prevent the paint from disappearing after a few days, it must be applied deeper – into the dermis.

When the dye enters the dermis, most of it ends up in collagen fibers (collagen makes up more than 98% of the connective tissue of the dermis), and another part is absorbed by fibrocytes (a cell of connective tissue that is not capable of dividing).

# 2

The earliest evidence of tattooing dates back to the period between 3370-3100 BC. In 1991, in the Ötztal Alps in Tyrol, scientists discovered an ice mummy of a man from the Copper Age, which had 57 tattoos of dots, lines and crosses on its body. Unlike modern tattoos, in this mummy they were made using incisions, into which charcoal was simply poured.

No. 3


Have you ever wondered where the word “tattoo” came from? There is a version that this name comes from the Tahitian “tatau”, which James Cook heard from the Polynesian savages. In 1773, in his report on his trip around the world, he said that savages put drawings on their bodies, which are called “tattoo tattoos.” Translated from the Tahitian “tatau” means “wound” or “wounded”.

No. 4

Have you heard of the most tattooed person in the world? This man’s name is Gregory Paul McLaren, but to many he is better known as Lucky Diamond Rich. In 2006, he entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most tattooed person in the world. His body is 99.9% sketched. There are tattoos on absolutely all parts of his body.

No. 5

Despite the fact that today you will not surprise anyone with tattoos, in some countries you need to think carefully before getting them. For example, in Denmark it is forbidden to apply them on visible parts of the body, in particular on the neck, head, face, etc. In 2010, the law was tightened and people were forbidden to apply all biker symbols on the same visible parts of the body.

Unlike Denmark, there is no ban on their application in Japan. However, if you have drawings on your body, the Japanese themselves may look askance at you. The fact is that until the 16th century in Japan, criminals were branded with tattoos. They were later banned until 1950. Nevertheless, despite the absence of a ban, the Japanese are dismissive of these drawings on the body. People with tattoos are not allowed to go to public gyms, swimming pools, saunas, etc.

# 6

There are statistics on the parts of the body, on which such drawings are most often applied. If we talk about men, then most often they “sketch” their hands. This area is also one of the least sensitive to paint application.

As for women, they most often apply them to the ankle.

# 7

Many people who have put a drawing on their body sooner or later decide to withdraw it. It should be noted that not all drawings can be removed equally well with a laser. Tattoos that used only black ink or only red ink can be removed easily. But with other colors it will be more difficult.

The fact is that the fundamental factor in removing pigment from under the skin is the wavelength. Radiation with a wavelength of 1064 nm easily removes black pigment, and with a wavelength of 532 nm – red. Pigments of green, blue, yellow color very weakly absorb waves of these lengths and are not destroyed. Therefore, they are removed with an alexandrite Q-switch laser, which generates radiation at “alternative” wavelengths.

No. 8

In 2005, the fashion for advertising tattoos began. Their essence is as follows: a person puts on his body (on the visible part) the logo of the company, thus advertising it. The company whose logo is applied to the body pays a monetary reward. For example, American Joe Tamargo put 15 advertising tattoos on his body, for which he received about 220 thousand dollars in total. Moreover, Joe wears a tattoo to this day, even despite the fact that the companies have ceased to exist, and the link to one site (donation site) turned out to be the work of scammers.

No. 9


When tattooing, they use paints prepared on the basis of both organic and inorganic substances. In this case, the paint consists of a pigment and a carrier (this is a solution in which the pigment dissolves for better penetration into the skin). Typically, the carrier is disinfectant.

Most often, tattoo ink consists of the following substances:

  1. Black: carbon black, iron oxide.
  2. Brown: iron oxide mixed with clay.
  3. Red: cinnabar, iron oxide, naphthol.
  4. Yellow: cadmium sulfide, turmeric.
  5. Blue: copper carbonate, chromium oxide.

It should be noted that it is difficult to get different shades from different tattoo paints because they contain different substances. The laws do not apply here that if we mix yellow and blue, we get green.

No. 10

According to statistics, today women get tattoos much more often than men (about 15-20%). But it should be noted that women are also more likely to get tattoos than men.

No. 11

Modern tattoo machines operate at such a speed that they allow the needle to pierce human skin 50 to 3,000 times per minute. The speed of the machine is selected by the master, depending on the amount of work.

This concludes our publication. We hope that you will visit our site again when you need to learn new, useful and interesting information.

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