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.