Getting A Tattoo

Tattoos have become a common form of “body art” or “body modification” that has become widely accepted in most societies. People get tattoos that they feel that represents them and something near, dear, or important to them. People use tattoos to represent who they are and showcase something that stokes their passion.

A History of Tattoos

Despite tattoos becoming more popular in the last several decades and becoming an accepted part of modern society, tattooing one’s body is far from a new phenomenon. Otzi the Iceman was discovered in September of 1991, and even back then he still had ancient versions of tattoos on his mummified skin. Otzi’s body and his life were dated between 3370 and 3100 BC. That means tattooing was common as far back as four millennia ago.

Other countries with a history of tattoos that date back to ancient times include Chinese cities such as Qäwrighul, Yanghai, Shengjindian, Zaghunluq, and Qizilchoqa where tattooed mummies were discovered.

Europeans have been making tattoos out of dyes like ivory as far back as 35,000 to 40,000 years ago. Most tattoos were found on the arms and legs as well as across the chest and torso.

Tattoos Today

No doubt tattoos look completely different in the 21st century than they did back in ancient times. However, they are still popular forms of body art. Tattooing as we know it today began in the 1870s and has become more modern over the last 140+ years.

Today, a series of many small, micro-sized needles inject ink into people’s skin to create the picture or the image that the person wishes to receive. Most people say certain parts of their bodies hurt more than others when getting tattooed, but most say tattooing is not painful as the needles are so small and thrust in and out of the skin rapidly enough that it feels more like tickling than pain. However, areas such as the top of the feet or the ribs have been said to be more uncomfortable to have tattooed than other body parts.

Professionals in Tattooing

Today, people work in tattoo parlors and studios doing this work on people’s bodies professionally. There are training programs that offer people the skills they need to be successful in tattooing for a full-time career. In the 21st century, there is quite good money that can get make in the tattooing industry. Tattoos today run from $100 to $300 per hour of work that the artist has to do to complete the tattoo. Large, custom tattoos can run into the $1000s if it takes the artist several hours to a couple of workdays to complete.

Tattoo parlors and shops exist throughout the U.S. and in most countries throughout the world today. Tattoo parlors that regulate the use of needles and artists who are certified by the state in which they practice get considered quite safe today. To get licensed by the state in which they work, most artists must complete 360 hours of training under someone who is certified and do more than 50 tattoos to receive their license.

Famous Tattooers

TV shows about tattooing have become more common in the last several years. Shows such as L.A. Ink and, Ink Master, and Black Ink Crew New York have given way to many famous tattooers. Some of the most well-known tattoo artists today include Kat Von D, Paul Booth, Scott Campbell, Tina Bafaro, and Erin Chance.

Today, both men and women succeed in tattooing and can make a relatively healthy income. The average income for a tattoo artist is stated to be around $107K annually, according to ZipRecruiter.


Tattooing has become more and more common as it is a modernized art in the 21st century. As long as tattoos are not “offensive” and are not “controversial” in nature, most jobs allow people to have tattoos. Jobs may require that they are covered, but most workplaces will not stop you from getting hired because you have tattoos.

Tattooing is far from new, but it continues to be a way to express one’s self, and it’s becoming more accepted by society as more and more people jump on the trend and get tattoos. So, if you want to get tattooed and you know what you want to get, it’s time to explore your options! Find a certified tattoo artist, a reputable shop that practices proper needle disposal, and ensures you are safe as possible.