We might be biased in thinking tattoos are awesome, but they are. And here’s 3 amazing facts to prove it!
Thomas Edison invented the tattoo machine
Well, sort of. Thomas Edison is considered America’s greatest inventor, patenting over 1000 ideas, including the motion picture camera, the light bulb, and the phonograph. Although anyone who knows anything about Edison knows he was a thieving bastard. One of “his” inventions was the stencil-pens machine – basically an electric pen designed to duplicate writing. In 1891, Samuel O’Reilly discovered that Edison’s machine could be modified and used to inject ink under the skin, and later patented a tube and needle system to go along with it. Thus, stealing his idea (ha ha) and inventing the first tattoo machine.
Battle of the sexes
Many find it surprising that women have tattoos than men. A recent survey (admittedly in America), showed that 59% of people tattooed were women, compared to 41% of men. Women may be more adventurous when it comes to getting a tattoo, but they also tend to regret it more than men, with a higher percentage opting for tattoo removal. This is due to the fact that women tend to add more significance to their ink, usually having a deeper meaning for them. Also, tramp stamps.
While tattoos can be a form of expression, rebelliousness, or even just a drunken mistake, Prison tattoos are a lot more serious. They are fraught with symbolism and meaning. From the infamous Yakuza in Japan, to scumbag White Supremacist groups in the States, tattoos are a way to tell a story, or to tell others who or what you represent. Tattooing in American prisons is strictly forbidden, but of course, that doesn’t stop it from happening. The tattooing equipment can be anything from modified ballpoint pens to guitar strings.