presents to you; Tattoos: 9 weird facts you never knew

Your skin is pierced 50 to 3000 times per minute by a tattoo machine.


Most people don’t realize when they are getting tattooed that it’s not a single needlepoint perforating their skin. Tattooing needles utilize groupings of needle points which are then pushed into the skin via a machine. This results in an incredible number of skin punctures throughout the tattooing process.

To mix tattoo colour at certain times, urine was occasionally used

In combination with coal dust, urine was sometimes used to mix tattoo ink, as it was believed to hold antiseptic properties. Thankfully, the tattoo ink we commonly use consists of pigments combined with a carrier, with additional add in’s ranging from Listerine to Kettle One vodka, to help assist with sterilization.

Tattoo ink is inserted into the second layer of the skin

When you get a tattoo the ink is injected directly into the second layer of skin, referred to as the “dermis”. The skin atop the dermis is called the “epidermis” and acts as a sheer veil over top of the actual tattoo.

The first tattoo machine got its inspiration from Thomas Edison’s electric pen


In 1891 the first electric tattoo machine was created, gaining inspiration from Edison’s electric pen. The inventor of the first tattoo machine was Samuel O’Reilly, who added needles and an ink reservoir to the design.

The oldest recorded tattoo ink recipe contained insect eggs

An ancient Roman physician by the name of Aetius created a tattoo ink that was found to contain pine bark, corroded bronze, vinegar, vitriol, leek juice and insect eggs! Luckily for the squeamish, most early inks contained a mixture of soot, charcoal and natural ingredients (bugs excluded).

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Black is the easiest colour to remove from a tattoo

Contrary to popular misconceptions, black is actually the easiest colour to remove during a laser procedure. The black ink absorbs the greatest number of laser waves, allowing it to be removed from the skin much easier than vibrant, lighter colours like green and yellow.

Americans spend approximately 1.65 billion per year on tattoos

As tattooing continues to become more socially accepted, the embrace of the art form steadily grows. The number of tattooed people is expected to continue to rise over the next few years, stretching the average yearly spending even further.

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“Tattoo” is one of the most commonly misspelt words in the English language

Often misspelt as “tatoo”, this simple word seems to evade most people when it comes to spelling it out. While spelling mistakes are something to laugh about, misspelt tattoos are not! So make sure you double-check any spelling prior to getting the tattoo of your choice.

The oldest tattooer in the world is a 97-year-old Filipina woman


Whang-od Oggy is the world’s oldest living tattooer, born in 1917, she is now 97 years old and has been tattooing for 80 years. She is scheduled to receive a National Treasures Award from the Philippine government for her contribution to the art form




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