Tattoos have been in existence since at least Neolithic times. Scientists have discovered mummified preserved skin decorated with ancient tattoo art. Although the practice of tattooing has been around for thousands of years, it has gone through many changes. Here is some fascinating information about the history of tattoos.
The First Tattoos
In ancient times, tattoos were made by forcing powdered charcoal into cuts. The process was painstaking and took a long time. In ancient Egypt, it seems that tattooing was primarily reserved for females. While some theorize that tattoos were reserved for women of dubious status, many experts believe that tattooing was actually a protective and possibly sacred practice for females. In particular, it is thought that certain tattoos applied to the abdomen, upper thighs and breasts were intended to protect women as they prepared to give birth.
It isn’t known for sure who created the tattoos on the bodies of ancient Egyptian women, but many think the older women in the community created the tattoos for the younger women. This also happened in Egypt in the 19th century and is still practiced today in some portions of the world.
Instruments Used To Create Ancient Tattoos
Ancient Egyptians may have used a special wooden-handled tool with a sharp point set into it to create tattoos. Archaeologists have also discovered small bronze instruments that had flattened, wide needles. It is surmised that these tools may have been tied together to create tattoos with multiple dots.
In 19th-century Egypt, similar tattooing tools were discovered. William Lane, an English writer who lived from 1801-1876, noted that the tattooing operation was performed with tied-together needles (usually seven per bunch). The needles were used to prick the skin into a specific pattern. Then, black smoke was mixed with human breast milk and rubbed into the needle pricks to create the tattoo.
Modern tattoos are colorful and much faster to create than their earlier counterparts. The most common method for tattooing is an electric machine which creates the tattoo pattern on the skin and inserts ink into it. Unlike historical tattoos that were primarily black and gray, today’s tattoos can be any color imaginable. They are more popular among teenagers and young adults than they are among older generations.
Tattoo Removal Processes
Tattoos are permanent by design, but there are modern methods that can be used to remove tattoos as desired. Newport Tattoo Removal offers fast tattoo removal with the use of PicoSure technology. This method of tattoo removal involves sending pulses of laser light to the tattoo ink. The light shatters the ink into tiny particles that are eliminated naturally through the body’s lymphatic and circulatory systems.
PicoSure laser light is preferred over outdated tattoo removal systems that use nanosecond lasers to melt the tattoo pigment from the skin. This older method carries risk of scarring, burning and permanent skin damage.
If you want to remove one or more tattoos with minimal discomfort and minimal risk of long-term skin damage, opt for treatment with the PicoSure system instead of older nanosecond laser tattoo removal systems.