When did women start wearing tattoos?

By | February 19, 2014

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My grandpa said that back in the 60's if a women had a tattoo, people will look at her funny. It was taboo. But now a days its not that big of a deal anymore, especially in big cities and more liberal areas like California. But when did this start? Anyone old enough to remember?

Tattoos suddenly became super popular in America around 1995 or 1996. Before then it was somewhat rare to see women with tattoos. I remember seeing a woman with an ankle tattoo in 1993 and remember thinking it was odd.


I lived in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s and it was rare in those days for women to have tattoos. When I did see one they were small like a small flower on the ankle or wrist.

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