12 Facts That Will Change The Way You Look At Tattoos

They’re older, cooler, and more prevalent than you ever imagined. Tune into the new season of Ink Master to see the best artists in the business battle for supremacy, Tuesday, February 25 at 10/9c only on Spike TV. posted on

1. Early tattoos were frequently clustered around sites known for acupuncture therapy.

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These tattoos are thought to have been a type of medicine.

2. Criminals in many cultures were given tattoos to mark them as wrongdoers.

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This practice replaced removing ears and noses in ancient Japan.

3. Samoan tattoos have been applied by hand the same way for over 2,000 years.

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4. Nautical tattoos can be traced back to the voyages of Captain James Cook to Tahiti in 1769.

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5. Picts — the original inhabitants of Scotland — were named for their tattoos.

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Pict derives from a Latin word meaning “painted or tattooed.”

6. Many members of royalty have had tattoos.

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Edward VII and George V of England and Tsar Nicholas II of Russia are among them.

7. The first documented, professional tattoo artist in America was in 1846.

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8. Now, there are 21,000 tattoo parlors in the U.S.

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9. Every year, about $1.65 billion is spent on tattoos.

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10. 21% of adult Americans have at least one tattoo.

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11. That’s 1 in 5 adults.

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12. Or 45 million people.

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In 2008, Oliver Peck, a current judge on SPIKE TV’s Ink Master, inked his way into the Guinness Book of World Records when he completed 415 tattoos of the number 13 in a consecutive 24-hour period.

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Every season an “Ink Master” is named. Three have been named since 2012.

Tune in to the season premiere of Ink Master on Tuesday, February 25 at 10/9c to see who the NEXT “Ink Master” will be!

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