Tattoos in historyPacific Island tattoos arethe most intricate andrepresent the personsspirit or life force.This is a Maori Chief fromNew Zealand.
Another Maori warrior with tattooed face.
Tattoos in historyBy the 1800s tattoos were verypopular with sailors. It was importantto sailors to look different from normalpeople.
Tattoo design taken from the skin ofan 18th century sailor.
Do you know how tattoos are made?
Step one: Choose a design First go to a tattoo studio with a good tattoo artist. Choose a design from the artists catalogue (a special book of designs) Or tell the artists what you want and ask her to design something new.
Step two: Make a stencil Your design is printed on special stencil paper. Your skin is sterilised to kill all the germs. The stencil is put on the skin and when it is pulled off an outline stays on your skin.
Step three: Trace the outlineThe tattoo artist uses a special outlining needle to trace the outline left by the stencil on your skin.
The needle puts ink in the second layer of skin called the dermis
Step four: Add shading & colour A different needle is used tofill in the outline with shading or colour.Sometimes this takes more than one day.
Step five: Bandage the tattoo The tattoo must be bandaged for a few days so it wont get infected.
ResearchI interviewed 10 people with tattoos to find outwhat types of tattoos are most popular, howlong it takes to get a tattoo and how manytattoos most people have. Heres what I found out...
How many tattoos?
How many tattoos?Half only had 1Tattoo 20+ 2 to TattoosHalf had more than 5Tattoosone 1 Tattoo20% had more than20 tattoos
How long does it take?Small tattoos = 1 to 2hoursLarge tattoos - 8 to 9hoursVery large tattoos =24 hours!!
Does it hurt?8 out of 10 people said... YES!! A lot! But its worth it.
Why do people get tattoos?To show others what they believe in.To remember an important event like the birthof a child or falling in love.To look cool or fashionableFor religious reasons.
FactsYou have to be 16 to get a tattoo.Tattoos are permanent so you should be verycareful making your decision.It can be a little painful.Americans spend $10 billion a year on tattoos.
Here are a few photos:
Cat has over 40 tattoos, all abstract patterns.