I have always had an interest in Archaeology and I’m especially fond of Old world Egypt. In one of my magazines I found an article that really caught my attention. It was about Tattoos and about how far in our past they go back.
I have to admit I am not a big fan of Tattoos because I know over time they grow to look rather dull instead of the vibrant piece of art work they started out to be. I also believe that some overdue the tattoos on their bodies, and that is a personal preference. It really is “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.”
People have been tattooing themselves for about 7000 years now. What makes a person decide to have a mark or picture put permenatly on their skin. Is it that constat drive to be different, to be set apart. It might also be a status symbol among some.
Otzi a copper age mummy found in Europe is probably the most famous tattooed man. He died high in the Italian Alps more than 5,000 years ago. Otzi’s body was almost perfectly preserved by snow and ice which covered him after his death. Otzi had tattoo’s in the form of lines and crosses over his well worn ankles, wrists, knees , lower back and Achilles tendon. When these lines were cut into the skin, charcoal was then rubbed into them. Reasearcers now believe that they were theraputic in nature. Was this the first form of accupuncture?
So thoughout the ages men and woman have dad tatoo’s for numerous different reasons. If you have one, what was your reasoning?
In the Greco-Roman world tattoo’s were a mark of shame and punishment. They tattooed crimianls, and slaves who tried to escape. When a country was invaded the victors would tattoo the inhabitants with their mark. Rome also tatooed slaves to show that taxes had been paid. Bottom line is people have always come up with a reason why they needed tattoo’s.
My daughter received a tattoo across her lower back. She couldn’t explain to me why she did it other than she wanted it. Captain Cook was the first to use the verb “tattoo”. It has even been around for a long time. In 1769 he wrote in his diary about the Tahitian art of tatau. I guess that I will have to accept the fact the tattoo is not going to dissapear from this world’s society.