Human beings have been tattooing themselves for thousands of years. Prehistoric cavemen and Egyptian royals brandished tattoos made from soot, charcoal, and other natural pigments. But modern tattoo artists often have little knowledge of what their inks are really made of. Do you know what’s in your tattoo?
Not until the educated middle classes took up tattooing did anyone in the West suppose that the practice was anything other than a fairly primitive means of identification with a group, often a marginalized group at that; certainly no one imagined that a tattoo on the face could be “sweet” or that the words “I want to save and protect” tattooed on the shoulder were, or could be, a solution to anything at all.
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