Tattoos has been around for thousands of years.

Tattoos vary from very small almost invisible to full body tattoos, simple dots to artwork that very well could be museum worthy.

A guy with 61 tattoos was found in glacial ice in the Alps, this guy was called Ötzi and they say he was from 3250 BC…a really old guy. Tattoo comes from the Polynesian word tatau that means to write and that is what’s done skindeep. Tattoos was done for a varity of reasons such as culture or religious as a few examples.

The tattooing techniques also varied and was developed over time. One of the most fascinating is bamboo tattooing where a piece of bamboo is crafted into a completely round stick with sharp pins at one end. The number of these sharp pins that act as needles vary depending on if it should be thicker or thinner lines. The ink is added to the pins that then are pushed just deep enough into the skin for the ink to set. This technique requires extreme skills and experince to master and a singel tattoo often takes hundreds of hours. This technique originated in Japan.

Bamboo tattooing

Rake & striking stick is one of the most primitive and also one of the oldest techniques. It was very popular in countries like Samoa and Papau New Guinea. Using this technique requires the skin to be stretched so the tattoo artist would often have a few extra hands as help. A sharpend rake, on a long handle, with the ink on the tip is punted into the skin. A little more painful than todays techniques.

Rake & Striking

Another common technique from Asia is metal tube tattooing where a hollowed-out metaltube with a smaller and thinner metal rod inside is used. The rod has a sharp point and this is dipped in the ink, the tube is then placed over the skin and here the tattooing starts. The tattoo artist movies the rod like a sewing machine to get the ink into the skin.

Metal tube tattooing

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