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Tattoo History

2 Things Everyone Knows About Tattoos, and They are Both Wrong

Omaha Tattoo Shops - Skin Deep Omaha at 711 North 120th St. in Omaha

Matt Lodder is looking at me through heavy-rimmed spectacles, a tiny anchor winking from below his left eye. His knuckles are tattooed, not with “LOVE” and “HATE”, but with the legend “KNOW MORE”. His PhD thesis at the University of Reading was titled “Body Art: Body Modification as Artistic Practice” and it’s clear that he’s a tattoo enthusiast as well as an academic.

“There are two things everyone knows about tattoos,” he tells me over lunch. “And they’re both wrong.”

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The First Tattoo in History

Omaha Tattoo Shops - Skin Deep Omaha at 711 North 120th St. in Omaha

The word “tattoo” is said to has two major derivations- from
the Polynesian word ‘ta’ which means striking something
and the Tahitian word ‘tatau’ which means ‘to mark something’. Read more

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