The etymology of the word is interesting. In the 18th century it was tattaow or tattow from the Polynesian word tatau. In Tahitian tatu. Sailors are credited with introducing the European population to both the word and the art of tattooing.
Tattooing has been a Eurasian practice since at least the New Stone Age or Neolithic times - which began about 9500 BC. And Japan is thought to have indulged in this art form since the Paleolithic times. So although the technique and designs may have evolved the habit of inking one's body is nothing new.
The mermaid seems to be a popular choice, especially among men.
To many a tattoo has a special meaning.
A tattoo's story could have something to do with who did the inking as well.
The man who got this one told me that the tatoo artist is now serving life in prison for murder.
This tattoo apparently continues all the way down her back but, considering we were on a city street, she didn't show me the rest of it.
There are medical reasons to tattoo like covering skin pigmentation problems, replacing the areola in certain types of breast reconstruction, conveying medical information and to ensure the proper application of instruments during repeated bouts of radiotherapy. Of course tattooing has also been used for cosmetic reasons.
I hope you find the beauty around you.
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