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.
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.
Fun Fact 3
The word "tattoo" can be traced back to the Polynesian noun tatau, which means "puncture, mark made on skin."
Fun Fact 4
Between 1961 and 1997, it was illegal to get a tattoo in New York City following the outbreak of hepatitis B.
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.
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.
** Sources: Wikipedia, MSN