15 Things You Probably Never Knew About Tattoos

And we’re not talking about finally finding out what those Chinese characters on your arm really mean. Be sure to watch Ink Master, Tuesdays 10/9c only on SPIKE.

1. Democrats are more likely to have tattoos than Republicans

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(18% vs 14%)

2. Seven U.S. congressmen (and 1 congresswoman) have tattoos

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Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) and Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) have sleeves.

3. The earliest recorded tattoo belonged to Utzi the Iceman

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Circa 3300 BC. He had a total of 57 tattoos.

4. Speaking of Utzi, Brad Pitt has his likeness tattooed on him

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Oh hey Brad.

5. The earliest Finger-stache appeared in 2003

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Good to know.

6. 14% percent of Americans have at least one tattoo

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17% of them regret it.

7. Czar Nicholas got a dragon inked on his right arm in the 1800s

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Eat your heart out, Stieg Larsson. (RIP)

8. A restaurant in Ohio offers a 25% discount to anyone sporting a grilled cheese tattoo

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Which means you now have TWO good reasons to get that tattoo.

9. The Maori of New Zealand carve designs into their skin using bone chisels, then fill them in with ink.

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(This is called Moko)

10. One third of Americans say tattoos make them feel sexier

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The other two thirds…maybe not so much

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11. Lucky Diamond Rich is the world’s most tattooed man

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Wonder if he feels sexy, too.

12. The tattoo industry’s annual revenue is reportedly 2.3 billion dollars

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That’s a lot of these guys.

13. A rooster tattooed on one leg and a pig on the other was said to protect a sailor from drowning

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Neither animal can swim.

14. Ferrets get tattoos!

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Breeders put dots in ferrets’ ears to indicate spaying or neutering.

15. Friday the 13th is one of the most popular days to get inked

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Tattoo parlors across the country often offer $13 specials on the Friday the 13th flash.

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