Tattooing has existed for thousands of years. In places such as Irezumi in Japan, Ta Moko in New Zealand and and the Pe'a and Malu in Samoa.
There are of course countless other forms of traditional tattooing. Though tattooing as we know it today began around 1870, western tattooing as it is often called strays from traditional tribal tattooing with its use of electric machines, the first purpose built one coming in around 1891. Since then western tattooing has largely stayed the same, but of course in modern tattooing there exists better equipment, inks, artists and designs. But looking back over the history of western tattooing once can see modern tattooing has stayed true to its roots though more recently tattooing has really started pushing the artistic boundaries of what can be tattooed!!! For your viewing pleasure here are a collection of images, tattoos and designs covering the past 145 years of western tattooing!
Now lets make this painful part of tattooing go quick...