Where does Tattooing come from? A little bit of history for you

170px-MaoriChief1784Did you know? The word tattoo, or tattow in the 18th century, is a word that comes from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning ‘to write’.

Before the use of the Polynesian word, the practice of tattooing had been described in the West as painting, scarring, or staining.

Tattooing has been practiced across the globe since at least Neolithic times, as seen in mummified preserved skin, ancient art and records.

It was thought that many of the Anglo-Saxon kings of England were tattooed but much of this was conjecture. Reliable reports of tattooing date from the period of increased contact with non-European cultures.

(Our thanks to Wikipedia for the brief history lesson).

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