Tattoos Past and Present

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Tattoos Past and Present

Debra

Eng/101

9/15/11
Kimberly Stanley

Tattoos Past and Present

Some people may have tattoos and others may find them ugly or despise them but one

thing is true, tattoos are a part of the past and understanding where they came from can give us a

greater appreciation for them today. The Egyptians, the Japanese, the Chinese, and more all have

elaborate art histories whether it is buried in the pyramids, the temples, the sculptures, or caves

but how has our history books in school forgotten to mention the important history hidden in

tattoos? Tattoos have many meanings, and they are different all over the world and there past

leads directly to the present and if history repeats itself it may even tell us something about our

future. In this essay creating a timeline to conclusively draw a line through history too

today and understand the many traditions our culture still possesses. Tattoos are a

common part of our life because of recent discoveries we can give tattoos a past that leads to the

present.

Iceman 3200 B.C. Tattoos are part of our life but we forget that they are not new, in fact tattoos have been

around longer than we can significantly date. According to Lineberry, (n.d) the ”oldest man to

this date found is believed to have lived 5,200 years ago and possessed about 57 tattoos all over

his body in dot like formations, scientists believe because of the placement of the tattoos that

they were most likely to have been used for therapeutic purposes.” This information provides

evidence that tattoos date back to at least this time maybe much longer but this does provide

science with a starting point. It can be assumed the because of the placement that tattoos were

socially accepted as a form of healing. Dating anything back thousands of years has a high…...

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