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January 8, 2018

Understanding the History of Tattooing

It's 2017 and one in five Americans has a tattoo and 90% of those people have never regretted their ink, according to a Nielsen poll. However, tattooing in America has not always been this widely accepted, although it's been around for centuries in other parts of the world. 

1870 is when we first saw tattooing in the United States when Martin Hildebrandt opened a shop in New York, and people no longer had to travel overseas to get their tattooing done. At this point, most tattooed Americans were soldiers branding themselves with memories of their lives at home before they went off to war. These tattooed soldiers provide a lot of inspiration for current tattooing with their American flags, hearts and pi...

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