The arrival of tattooing in Europe the door because of the negative view of its inception.

There is little research on the origin of today tattoos however it is important to pay attention. Indeed, the practice of tattooing varies greatly according to time and place, as well as its social meaning. The tattoo has been a great evolution over time. Indeed outside the techniques were perfected, its usefulness has also varied. Before it was used especially to treat due to its therapeutic virtues, honor deities, to establish a hierarchy based on social class, to punish criminals … Today tattoo is considered a fad rather than a marginal practice. Can be seen first by the proliferation of tattoo studios, both in large cities than in rural villages, but also by their presence increasingly common on the body of the celebrities who wear them ostentatiously.

A native to completely tattooed body was brought by William Dampier in 1691 and exhibited in all of London society. The tattoo has arrived in Europe. The company is passionate about these ornaments and other native returns by merchant ships, which we invented the story to make the show more interesting. The fiction of violence accredits the value of tattoos and justifies the ornaments made of Europeans. But the tattoo is found again with a bad reputation and it is put into a narrative as the result of a physical and a perverse action primitives. Thus we can understand at the time, in addition to religious pressure that challenge the tattoo could be seen as a negative sign of violence and barbarism. Making a tattoo show and this has been the case for many years that there were up to 1930 men earning a living in circuses and fairs after being almost completely tattooed, locked in an image of marginality perversion. Some scientists denounce a soda-masochistic and even evidence of homosexuality!


The reason for the presence of tattoos on marine is relatively straightforward, their regular contact with other people around the world and different cultures make the tattoo a reference symbol. In England in the early twentieth century, 90% of the Royal Navy sailors were tattooed. The tattoo among sailors can be likened to a ritual, distance creates the need to reconnect with a link to the maritime community and tradition also holds that the famous tattoo artists settled in the awareness of the potential customer ports. Tattoos sailors or prisoners were then made without tattoo machines and therefore were so very painful, but the pain tolerance then had a value of the assertion of masculinity men who were tattooed. Names and initials women are then represented in the bodies of those who do not see their family or lover, hence the expression “to have someone in the skin.”

This image of women as naturally found in many prisons. The body becomes memory and claim to exist despite confinement. The tattoo is done with makeshift and must be hidden because the practice is prohibited, making it more popular, as the last bit of freedom. Strong symbolic dimension of the body necessarily brand attracts those who are deprived of freedom and can not regret that. Dignity is claimed against the rules and this is a way for these men to keep one hand free will, at least for themselves and also to prove to others their courage and thus avoid trouble sometimes.

So as we talked about the mark of disgrace on prostitutes in previous centuries, at the time the tattoo back on them, more or less voluntary. Indeed, the prostitutes, stigmatized, also appropriated the tattoo as a sign of dignity and freedom, more attendance sailors, criminals, where soldiers affects women who take an example. By cons unlike men prostitutes do not always see the indelible character of the brand. And often it is the pimps who do tattoos as proof that they belong to them.