History of Tattooing

The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian “tatu” which means “to mark something.” The earliest tattoos were found in Egypt during the time of the construction of the great pyramids (It undoubtedly started much earlier).As the empire expanded to Greece, Persia and Arabia, so did the art.

The Greeks used tattooing for communication among spies. Markings identified the spies and showed their rank. Romans marked criminals and slaves. The Ainu people of western Asia used tattooing to show social status. Girls coming of age were marked to announce their place in society, as were the married women. The Ainu are noted for introducing tattoos to Japan where it developed into a religious and ceremonial rite. In Borneo, women were the tattooists.

Polynesians developed tattoos to mark tribal communities, families, and rank. They brought their art to New Zealand and developed a facial style of tattooing called Moko which is still being used today. There is evidence that the Mayan, Incas, and Aztecs used tattooing in the rituals.

Styles of Tattoos

Old School / Traditional

This classic style, also called “old school” or “traditional,” is a throwback to the art form’s golden age. “It’s been around for 150 years.

New School

Unlike the traditionalism of the old school, the new school is all about free style and a different outlook. Its patterns are unique.

Biomechanical Art

It is a surrealistic style of art that combines elements of machines with body parts. The expression is that of part of the body.


Scripting or lettering has always been a tattoo favourite. The vast opportunity of not only various fonts within the English language.