6 Fun Facts About Tattoos

You've learned the Very Brief History of Temporary Tattoos, and now we highlight six fun facts you may not have known about tattoos! 

Fun Fact 1

In 1700, a law passed in Japan stating only royalty can wear ornate clothing. Out of protest, some Japanese citizens decided to brand themselves in full-body tattoos decorated to resemble what they were denied. 

chrome koi fish

Koi Fish- Chrome Temporary Tattoo


Fun Fact 2

Greece and Rome looked down on tattooing, and relegated the practice to slaves and prisoners. In other regions, religious tattooing was being practiced. 

lion tattme tattoos

Lion- Scripture Temporary Tattoo

Fun Fact 3

The word "tattoo" can be traced back to the Polynesian noun tatau, which means "puncture, mark made on skin."

lizard island ink

Gecko - Island Ink Temporary Tattoo

Fun Fact 4

Between 1961 and 1997, it was illegal to get a tattoo in New York City following the outbreak of hepatitis B.

sticker from tattme

Monkey - Muertitos Sticker

Fun Fact 5

The red star which is incorporated into the Macy's logo is a part of the tattoo of its founder, R.H. Macy. Macy got the ink while working on a whaling ship in his adolescence. 

star temporary tattoo Stars - Temporary Tattoo

Fun Fact 6

Toy maker Mattel had introduced the Butterfly Art Barbie in 1999, which featured a butterfly tattoo on the doll’s stomach. Temporary tattoos were also provided for the doll’s owners. However, it was discontinued after receiving complaints from parents. 

butterfly temporary tattoo

Flying Butterfly - Temporary Tattoo


** Sources: Wikipedia, MSN


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