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For example, many businesses such as gyms, hot springs and recreational facilities in Japan still ban people with visible tattoos.It has been suggested that a majority of prisoners in US prisons have at least one tattoo.
This usage is rapidly gaining support, with mainstream art galleries holding exhibitions of tattoo designs and photographs of tattoos.Tattoos around the wrist and fingers were believed to ward away illness.Throughout history tattoos have signified membership in a clan or society.When the Egyptians expanded their empire, the art of tattooing spread as well.The civilizations of Crete, Greece, Persia, and Arabia picked up and expanded the art form. The Greeks used tattooing for communication among spies. The Ainu people of western Asia used tattooing to show social status.It has been believed that the wearer of an image calls the spirit of that image.
The ferocity of a tiger would belong to the tattooed person.
The word "tattoo" is now the most common word to describe the art and process throughout the English-speaking world.
"Tattoo" is commonly used by speakers of other languages as well, even when there are native words that mean the same thing.
Tattooing has been a Eurasian practice since Neolithic times.
"Otzi," the "iceman" discovered frozen in the Tyrol and dated circa 3300 BC was tattooed, as was the mummified male found in the Pasaryk burial whose body was tattooed with stylized animal designs.
But there are commonalties that prevail form the earliest known tattoos to those being done on college students on Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley.