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Tattoo History Map of the World
Tattoo History Map of the World
Tour our tattoo history map of the world! See Asia, North America, South America, Africa, Oceania and Europe.

Tattoo History Museum

For centuries, humans have used tattoos for a myriad of reasons - for magical protection, to relieve pain, for vengeance and to declare victory over an enemy. Historically, tattoos were created to beautify, shock, or humiliate and they could proclaim valor, religious belief, group solidarity, or personal independence. Tattoos are now a regular part of everyday society with more than one in three of all North Americans aged  18 to 30 years old having at least one tattoo.

Ancient to Modern History

Tattoo history spans ancient to modern, from tattooed mummies and North America's First Nations people to circus tattoos. The Tattoo Museum index shows all the sections of our Tattoo Museum.

Tattoo History Tattoo Culture Maori Tattoos
Borneo Tattoos North American Tattoos in history Circus Tattoos
Asian tattoo history articles African Tattoo History North American Tattoos South American Tattoo History European Tattoo History Asian tattoo history articles Oceania Tattoo History