National Tattoo Day is a celebration of art with a rich history that has gone from being taboo to being the most common in the world. In the 19th century, only sailors and criminals had tattoos. Toward the middle of the 20th century, the situation changed; more and more people are studying the meaning of tattoos. For many, a tattoo takes on a special meaning and is associated with an important life event.
There is no information about from who and when National Tattoo Day emerged, but there is information about the first tattoos and their origin. For some time, scientists believed that the oldest tattoo was about 4,000 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 5,200 years. Tattoos appeared equally on men and women, since women with skin drawings were often found in tombs.
The popularity of tattooing in Western countries was launched by Captain James Cook, and the first professional tattoo artist was a German named Marin Holdebrandt. His services were often used by soldiers during the American Civil War.
- The first electric tattoo machine was patented in 1891 by Samuel O’Reilly.
- The era of the tattoo art revival is in 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 eradicated the associated 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 becomes rough from 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 tattoo masters, as this is considered disrespect for their work.
How to take part
National Tattoo Day is a great occasion to get a tattoo. Talk heart to heart with a master and thank them for their talent and hard work. Immerse yourself in the world of tattooing. There is a huge amount of information about it the Internet, and you can also admire the amazing works from different historical periods. If you have tattoos, share them on social networks. Tell us about your experience choosing a workshop and a master. Of course, don’t forget the #NationalTattooDay hashtag.
When is National Tattoo Day celebrated in 2023?
National Tattoo Day is observed on July 17 each year.