Tattoos Past And Present Essay

1574 words - 7 pages

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

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” Since this man had so

many and is so much older than any other body we have discovered it is safe to conclude that

these markings and the placement of them leaves no doubt that these where tattoos and this is the

first clear starting point scientists have.

Egyptians 2000 B.C.
Second in this timeline is the Egyptians; we know the Egyptians where a very intellectual

civilization so there tattoos can contribute drastically to tattoo history. Based on research

Egyptians make our second most prominent civilizations to socially accept tattoos and have their

own meaning behind them. Lineberry, (n.d.) states “Egyptian tattoos are thought to date back at

least 4000 B.C. but the only proof is on figurines, the first real bodies that have been discovered

are said to date back to 2,000 B.C. ” Tattoos have not always had the same meanings, designs or

placement through time tattoos changed even in one civilization but according to Lineberry

(n.d.) “The earliest Egyptians that had tattoos where women and these tattoos where place

around there belly thighs and breasts though most said these women where dancing girls and

these tattoo’s protected them from sexually transmitted diseases.” Most believe the Egyptians

were one of the most accomplished and intellectual people of their time with proof of their

brilliance still standing in what remains of the pyramids in there construction and interpreting the

paintings in them so it would be very degrading to believe we will ever figure out the exact

reason behind every tattoo. The important part of history is that they exist and we are open to our

own interpretations on why.

Japanese 300 A.D.

Third, the Japanese: taking a huge leap into “300 A.D.” (Associated Content n.d.) the

Japanese people where and still are in this date and time considered and amazing culture, with

the oldest wooden buildings in the world and some of the oldest traditions still being carried on.

Tattoos have played a major role in their culture all throughout time; the Associated

Content (n.d.) suggests “That the Japanese and tattoos date back to 10000 B.C. though no

evidence remains to prove that the first documented tattoos in Japan are recorded by Chinese

visitors in 300 B.C and are known to be symbols of status or religion. Later the Japanese where

known to use tattoos as a form of torture. The Japanese people today still have tattoos most just

simple designs but some people still wear full body tattoos most keep them hidden and according

to Japanese Tattoo(n.d.) ” People who had full body tattoos were not allowed into public baths in

an attempt to keep the Japanese Mafia out of their businesses. Even today this is still practiced in

many baths, hot springs and fitness clubs.” Based on the information provided it is clear that

some societies such as the...

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