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|Photos of tattoos,
and presentation of:
Kai Uwe Faust
The History of Tattooing
The tradition that we know best in Europe,
is the so called "Sailor Tattoo".
But tattooing in Europe dates much further back. Actually the oldest preserved human, a man who was found on the border between Austria and Italy - the Iceman - was tattooed (you can read a bit more about him under Ancient Times). That is of course no coincidence. People have always been tattooed in Europe.
It was rather normal for the crusaders in the middle ages to get a
tattoo as a reminder of the events they participated in.
Tattooing in Europe has always been much more than the sailor tattoo. It is very likely that the Vikings were tattooed. At around year 1100 the Arab Ibn Fadlan described a meeting with some Vikings. He thought them very rude, dirty - and covered with pictures.
From the Middle Ages until the 'sailor tattoo'.:
Here you can see a rather famous Dane and his tattoos - typical of his times.
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