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TATTOOS – 18 Interesting Facts.


“Conventional opinion is the ruin of our souls – Rumi”

Years ago, tattoos were the stamp of only rebels, jailbirds, gang members, sailors & outcasts. But, today many people of all ages and all walks of life, are proudly displaying their interesting tattoos.

1) L E L C – Live Embrace HTKTSG Love Cherish

Our blog is named after our family tattoo. Each of our precious children chose a word to symbolise themselves. After vowing to never, ever have a tattoo, I proudly wear my tattoo, inked onto my foot.

2) What does Tattoo mean?

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

3) History of Tattoos

They go right back to the stone age, and were present in most cultures. The 1st tattoo gun can be traced back to 1891.

4) Tattooing

When getting a tattoo, your skin is pricked between 50 to 3 000 times per minute, by the needle in the tattoo machine.

5) Ancient Egypt

Tattoos were used to differentiate slaves from peasants.


Egyption Symbols

6) Tattoos were illegal

From 1961 to 19997 tattooing was illegal in New York city, forcing many tattoo parlours to go underground. In addition, this was enforced by the Dept of Health, following, an outbreak of hepatitis b.

7) Sterilisation

Is extremely important, making, disposable needles and materials absolutely essential, to prevent infection.

8) Henna Tattoos

Offer a temporary alternative for those who do not wish to have a permanent tattoo. The dye is derived from the Henna plant. The colour ranges anything from, a light orange to a dark red. Black henna is made from artificial ingredients and can be extremely toxic.


Eye-line tattoos

12) Illustrated Lady

Julia Gnuse suffered from Porphyria. She started tattooing her body to cover up the scarring caused by her medication, and now literally has tattoos from head to toe.

13)   Macy’s dept store

The logo is a red star , that was taken from the tattoo, on the arm of the founder, R.H Macy.

14) Sponsorship Tattoos

Some employees over the years have been paid by their companies, to tattoo the company logos onto their bodies.

15) Angels & Hearts

Are the most commonly tattooed pictures.


Common tattoos

16) Tattoo Removal

Laser surgery is the most successful technique.

17) Vegan Tattoo Parlours

May sound bizarre, but in actual fact there are a few. Due to the fact that tattoo ink is made from bone char (burnt animal bones) and sometimes, from the resin of shellac beetles.

18) Prison and Gang tattoos

The equipment is usually makeshift, and can be anything from a ballpoint pen to a paper clip. The different designs of prison tattoos often symbolise which gang they belong to. The “ink” is often made of soot, or melted boot heels.

The sun is not only damaging to your skin, but also causes tattoos to fade faster. Protect your tattoos from the sun.  Customers can buy these products in our online store.




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