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National Tattoo Day is a celebration of art with a rich history, art that has gone from being taboo to being the most common in the world. In the 19th century, only sailors, as well as criminals, applied tattoos. Toward the middle of the 20th century, the situation changed, more and more people are studying the meaning of tattoos, they want to figure out what they mean. For many, a tattoo takes on a special meaning and is associated with an important event in life.

The History

There is no information about who and when decided to celebrate National Tattoo Day for the first time, but there is information about the first tattoos and their origin. For some time, scientists believed that the oldest tattoo was about 4 thousand years old, but in 1991 an ice man was discovered with tattoos on his skin. Scientists have estimated the age of the find at about 5200 years. Tattoos were applied equally by men and women, since women with drawings on the skin were often found in the tombs.

The popularity of tattooing in Western countries was brought by Captain James Cook, and the first professional tattoo artist was a German who immigrated from Germany, Marin Holdebrandt. His services were often used by soldiers during the American Civil War.

Interesting Facts

  • The first electric tattoo machine was patented in 1891 by Samuel O’Reilly.
  • The era of the revival of the art of tattoos falls on the middle of the 20th century. At the time, renowned artists Dan Nolan, Cliff Raven, and Don Ed Hardy trained the next generation of masters, as well as eradicating the association of the tattoo with the stigma entirely.
  • Despite the fact that the holiday is celebrated on July 17, the best time to get a tattoo is winter, because in summer the skin of a person becomes rough under the influence of the sun and wind. However, no one forbids you to get a tattoo at any time of the year.
  • It is not customary to bargain with masters who apply a tattoo, as this is considered a manifestation of disrespect for their work.

How to celebrate

National Tattoo Day is a great occasion to get a tattoo, talk heart to heart with the master and thank him for his talent and hard work. Immerse yourself in the world of tattooing, there is a huge amount of information about this art on the Internet, and you can also admire the amazing works of masters from different historical periods. If you have tattoos, share them on social networks, tell us about your experience in choosing a workshop and a master. Of course, don’t forget the #NationalTattooDay hashtag.

When is National Tattoo Day celebrated in 2022?

National Tattoo Day is observed on July 17 each year.