Tattoos are not a modern invention. Not only did ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Scythians use tattoos for decoration and protection, but even a mummy found in Europe carbon-dated to be around 5,200 years old has tattoos that may have been applied to alleviate joint pains.

However, tattoos have evolved over the last five thousand years. Instead of using a sharp point set in a wooden handle, people now use an electronically powered machine, which can puncture anywhere from 50 to 3,000 times per minute. People of the ancient world may also have had trouble imagining eyeball or tooth tattoos, both of which have popped up in modern times.

Tattoos are becoming more and more prevalent in American society. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of tattoos, check out the infographic below presented by



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