Tattoo factfile.

By | January 11, 2014

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* The ancient Greeks associated voluntary tattooing with

barbarians.

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)
Harold II

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