The History of Tattoos

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Queen Victoria had a tattoo? We may never know for sure, but tattoos were somewhat of a fad in Victorian society, after sailors came back from Polynesia with them. But tattoos go back as far as human civilization, for various reasons in various places. This TED-Ed animation skims over many of them briefly, and together they reminds us of how universal the art of tattoo really is. You can get the full lesson by Addison Anderson here. -via Digg

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About 20 yrs ago I asked my dad why we had never gone to Poland to visit his relatives in "the old country". Imagine my shock to learn that all of my grandfather's Roman Catholic relatives in Poland were killed in Auschwitz during WWII. I never even considered that their numbers printed on their arms were tattoos. I always think of tattoos as colorful, spiritual and/or fun. Silly me. Thank you for this article. It makes things a bit clearer for me.
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