Essay on The History of Piercings and Tattoos

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The History of Tattoos and Body Piercing

The largest organ in the human body is the skin. Some people choose to express themselves through decorating their skin with tattoos, piercing and other kinds of body art. It's true origin, symbolism, variety, and modern day versions go way back in time.

The first tattoo known to man, was found on Otzi, the “Iceman“, in 1991. Otzi himself is from around 4,000 B.C. Fifty-eight tattoos were found on him, they were all made of lines and dots. No real symbolism could be made out of the designs. But scientists have a theory that these tattoos were part of some sort of medical or spiritual healing process.

The process of the first tattoos was long and painful. Some of the first tools used in
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Royalty in England received tattoos from Japanese artists symbolizing wealth and authority.

Most of the time people get tattoos for a personal meaning. Whether it is to remember something great that happened in your life, to show affection or emotion, or because that design meant a lot to them, there’s not one certain reason for a tattoo. Everyone has a reason whether its good or not. Some people who are closed minded and don’t have respect just think that people do it to be a rebel or something.

Reasons for getting a tattoo are different from person to person. some reasons are for self-expression or doing something different. Some people get a tattoo to be able to look back on a time of their life that was important or special to them. Tattooing can have its negative side too.
There are many different negative sides of tattooing. Here are some examples: First, a tattoo is permanent and can only be removed with a special laser operation that can cost up to thousands of dollars, if a person changes there mind about it. The tattoo can get sensitive and could even get infected. Also, some work places wont allow tattoos if they are visible to other people. The history of piercing comes from many different cultures, and different piercing have different heritages and backgrounds. Nose piercing were first discovered in the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. Tongue piercing was first practiced as part of rituals

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