The oldest known tattoos belong to “Ötzi the Iceman,” a 5,300-year-old mummy a pair of German hikers discovered in a glacier along the Austrian-Italian border in 1991, according to a paper slated to publish in the February 2016 edition of the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.
Scholars have for years debated whether Ötzi was actually the oldest tattooed human, according to Smithsonian Science News, because scientists identified a tattoo of a pencil-thin mustache on a South American mummy from the Chinchurro region that they initially dated back to about 4000 B.C.
But new research has determined that the Chinchorro mummy was not as old as originally believed, and that Ötzi actually predates it by at least 500 years.
Note: Personally, I think this is a very bad idea for a couple of reasons. The main reason is safety: I can see someone buying one of these and deciding to give tattoos at parties or in their garage. The other reason is that tattoo artists are exactly that ‘artists’ and we should be encouraging people to visit tattoo parlors with artists and that practice safety procedures in place. Alan
Designer jakub pollág has devised a personal tattoo machine that intends to democratize the body art industry. pollág, who alongside václav mlynář is one half of studio deFORM, completed the project as part of his studies at the royal college of art in london. presented at this year’s edition of designblok, prague’s annual design and fashion week, the tool allows individuals to permanently mark their own skin, or that of a friend. this DIY approach circumvents the need for a professional tattoo artist.
‘the aim is to enhance tattoos that are not about aesthetics, instead their main function is to reflect meaningful memories,’ explains pollág. ‘due to their permanent nature, it is important that they are honest and exclusive.’ the simple mechanism remains affordable through its utilization of standard components, such as sterile needles and tubes.
pollág states that the project’s primary goal is to give the user a quality tool that is both safe and affordable. the set contains all necessary parts, permitting its users to create their chosen image immediately. as well as outlining various types of imagery, the machine can also shade, allowing DIY-tattooists to fill in relatively large areas of ink.
Getting a tattoo can be one of the most crucial decisions one can make. Besides the cool and broadminded perception, many people detest tattoos and negatively judge people who have them.
To choose a tattoo that you will never outgrow and regret is a very difficult choice. As many people have no agenda or design in mind for getting a tattoo done, you will see many regrets and disliked tattoos in a short period.
Note: the article discusses the risk of tattoos and hepatitis C, but as this articles points out that it is a transmission route in unsafe settings–NOT in commercial settings were safety is being carefully followed.
Tattooing, once a fringe, minority pursuit, is going mainstream in Dunedin, local tattoo artists say, with everyone from law students to nurses inking their skin.
But, the council says as legitimate operations flourish, there has been a spike in tattooing of the underground, backyard variety, too.
There were eight registered tattoo studios in Dunedin, but many more illegal operators were working out of private homes, with no training, risky hygiene practices and cheap tools and ink, Dunedin City Council Environmental Health and Animal Services manager Ros MacGill said.