More incredible facts about tattoos


Following on from our wildly successful Amazing facts about tattoos post, we’ve found these 3 other incredible pieces of trivia, sure to win you any pub quiz!


Bad luck for smokers


Tattoo laser removal can be an expensive and possibly painful treatment, which doesn’t really get rid of tattoos 100%. Tattoos are harder to remove from feet and legs than other parts of the body for some reason, but it’s even worse news if you’re a smoker. Research shows that over 10 treatments, people who smoke have a 70% less chance of having a tattoo removed.


Edison invent the tattoo machine


Well, sort of. Thomas Edison is considered America’s greatest inventor, with over 1000 patents to his name, such as 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.

Barbie is inked up!


Everyone knows Barbie, but did you know Barbie has a tattoo? Toy maker Mattel had introduced the Butterfly Art Barbie in 1999, which featured a butterfly tattoo on the doll’s stomach. Temporary tattoos were also provided for the doll’s owners. However, it was discontinued after parents complained it was a “bad influence” on impressionable young girls.