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19 Old-Ass Tattoos On Preserved Human Skin

The people aren't here anymore, but that doesn't mean they can't show off their tatts.

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They were preserved by slicing the tattoo off the body, scraping the connective tissue off the back, and then pinning the skin to dry.

Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images

A lady, possibly a girlfriend, surrounded by a garland of flowers.

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Medical men tried to interpret the most common images and symbols they found.

Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images.

France, 1850-1920. A table set with a knife, fork, wine, a bunch of roses and a hand grasping a dagger.

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Maybe they came from soldiers in the French Foreign Legion.

Science Museum, London. Wellcome Images.

France, 1850-1920. Naval symbols including an anchor and the image of a soldier with the word Legion above it.

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H/T to Simon Davis who wrote about human pelts and The Art of Preserving Tattooed Skin After Death.