20 Interesting Facts About Tattoos

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4 min readJul 19, 2020
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Tattooing is a tradition old as humans and it was an object of pride and shame for thousands of years. People attitude about it changed and is still a matter of discussion. There is a lot more to tattoo culture and tattoo history than what you can see on your skin.

Here are some interesting facts about tattoos.

  1. To mix tattoo color in certain cultures, urine was occasionally used. In combination with coal dust, urine was sometimes used to mix tattoo ink, as it was believed to hold antiseptic properties. Thankfully, the tattoo ink we commonly use consists of pigments combined with a carrier, with additional add in’s ranging from Listerine to Kettle One vodka, to help assist with sterilization.
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2. It is believed tattooing stemmed from a form of healing similar to acupuncture and evolved into the art form it is today.

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3. Realistically, getting a tattoo feels like someone is scratching a hot needle across your skin — because that’s kinda what’s happening. But Roman would also compare the sensation of getting a tattoo to the feeling of a constant cat scratch.

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4. A modern tattoo gun consists of four different components. First, there is the essential needle. Second, a tube to hold the ink for the needle to tattoo into the skin. Third, an electric motor to run the needle and propel it to pierce the skin between 50 to 3,000 times per minute. Finally, there is a foot pedal to control the motor.

5. Tattoos are rarely done in ink, what is commonly called inks, are actually suspended solid color particles, mostly metal salts, and plastics, but not vegetable dyes as commonly believed.

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