Body Art: The Human Canvas

Body Art: The Human Canvas

In 1769, the word “tattoo” came from the term tatu when Captain James Cook landed in Tahiti. The term meant to “tap the mark into the body”, similarly what it is done now.  After Samuel O’Reilly created the first ever electric tattoo machine in 1821, many Americans were tattooed by the 1920s. 

Nowadays, tattoos have become a form of socially acceptable expressions of art. I asked three women about their experience with tattoos and the personal meaning behind having one.

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