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The art of tattooing

Photos of tattoos,
and presentation of:
Kai Uwe Faust
Patricia Campos
Marcus Hammer

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The History of Tattooing

Tattooing is one of the oldest forms of art. As far back as we have traces of human activity, we have indications that they have been tattooed.

The first tattoos probably were created by accident. Someone had a small wound, and rubbed it with a hand that was dirty with soot and ashes from the fire. Once the wound had healed, they saw that a mark stayed permanent. In time they learned to use it consciously and artistically.

Tattooing did not develop some specific place on Earth and spread from there. All communities and all societies has practiced tattooing in some form.

To want to have a tattoo, is a primeval human instinct. But everybody does not dare, or hasn't realized their needs yet..

Of course today we use thoroughly tested colors, sterilized needles and other disposables, and you can see some of my equipment here.

A short historical timeline for Scandinavia:

The latest Ice age ended around
Stone age
Bronze age
Iron age
Viking age
  10.000 years b.c.
-10.000 to -1.700
  -1.700 to -500
     -500 to 800 a.d.
       800 to 1050 a.d.



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