The Prickly History Of Tattooing In America

History tells us that the concept of self-branding was embraced fully in England in the 1860s after the Prince of Wales marked himself with a cross, partaking in a Medieval ritual. Meanwhile, the art of ink was in its fledging stages in America. Martin Hildebrandt, considered one of the country’s first tattoo artists, opened a shop in New York City in 1870, making tattoos accessible for citizens who weren’t able to travel overseas.


Reed’s mailer introduces the politics of tattoos

Now the politicians are trying to use tattoos in their negative ad campaigns. The question now is whether the people can see the ad for what it is, or will the tattoos be enough to make them think twice about voting for someone with so much ink.

“I thought it was an extreme act of desperation,” LaHood said of the mailer. “When you’ve been in office for 16 years and you’re being challenged on your record on child abuse and your lack of performance, your response is to send a picture of a guy with tattoos? This is indicative of all the BS that comes with politicians.”


Tattoo artists want kids to think before they ink

About three years ago, husband-and-wife team Sara Spruth and Eric Dean Spruth, both tattoo artists, started an outreach effort called Symbol of Thyself, in which they go into schools chatting up teens and pre-adolescents about the dangers of using unhygienic tools and the long-term social ramifications of marking themselves with permanent tattoos.

This sounds like a great program. Kids need to learn about tattoos early in order to make informed decisions that they won’t regret a few years down the road.