* The ancient Greeks associated voluntary tattooing with
In Greece, the tattoo was used as a form of punishment or as a
means of degrading slaves and criminals.
* There are examples of the punitive tattoo in England from as late
as 1871. In the British army, the letter D indicated a deserter, while
BC implied bad character. In civilian life, however, D indicated
drunkard, V was vagabond, and F fray maker.
* The Latin noun stigma originally meant to mark in some way, while
the modern usage of the term often carries negative connotations.
* Despite the current fashionable status of tattoos, negative
associations persist today, and some establishments will not permit
entry to people with lots of visible tattoos, because tattooed
individuals are perceived as possible trouble-makers, ( an association
that can be traced back to Roman times.
* The earliest reference to British royalty being tattooed was King
Harold II Noun 1. King Harold II – King of England who succeeded Edward the Confessor in 1066 and was the last of the Anglo-Saxon monarchs; he was killed fighting the invasion by William the Conqueror (1045-1066)