Interesting facts about tattoos

Tattoos are a reflection of the desire for rebellion, but they often are true works of art. Whether they carry a strong personal message or represent a memory of special moment, the tattoos should have a special meaning for you, because they will follow you for life. Whether you have a tattoo or not, we have selected a few interesting facts about tattoos that you might not have known. Today, tattoos are really common and are used as a way to express your personality and style. Take a look at these interesting facts about tattoos!


  • A fact that you probably didn’t know about tattoos, is that your skin is pierced 50 to 3000 times per minute by the needle in the tattoo machine when you get a tattoo.
  • When we look at someone’s tattoo, we actually think that the tattoo is on the outer layer of the skin. But, tattooing is a body modification, made by inserting ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. Appearances are deceptive, because the ink is in fact in the second layer of the skin, below the epidermis.
  • The first electric tattoo machine was invented by the tattoo artist, Samuel O’Reilly in 1891 and it was based on the electric pen invented by Thomas Edison.
  • Not all tattoos are the same. If you already have one and the experience with that tattoo was painless, before going to another tattoo artist, check out the recommendations and his work and portfolio. The level of pain depends significantly on the experience of the tattoo artist and the location of the tattoo.
  • A very interesting fact about the tattoos is that in the past, they were used for transmitting secret messages across enemy lines during the war.
  • Tattoo removal can cost more than the tattoo itself, so make sure to choose a design that you can wear your whole life. The removal of tattoo is long and painful process. So, think well before tattooing and if in doubt, it is better to wait until you are sure.
  • Throughout history, some people were tattooed by force, with the purpose of identification. The most bizarre example is the identification system for the prisoners in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust.
  • The longest tattoo session lasted for 50 hours and 10 minutes and it was achieved by the tattoo artist Dave Fleet who tattooed James Llewellyn at the Grosvenor Casino, Cardiff Bay, UK.
  • According to a study, more women than men in the US have tattoos.
  • Americans spend whopping $1.65 million on tattoos each year.
  • The most popular designs are heart tattoos and angels tattoos.
  • ‘Tattoo’ is one of the most misspelled words in the English language.