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You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for interesting tattoo facts! To keep you informed and inspired, we’ve created a list of obscure and remarkable tattoo facts. Continue reading as we highlight the weirdest, coolest, and most fascinating tattoo facts!

Tattoo Facts: 1-10

1. A tattoo is a form of body art that can be permanent or temporary and is created by injecting ink into the skin.

2. A temporary tattoo can be applied in a variety of ways, including henna ink & airbrush.

3. When it comes to tattooing, it appears that women outnumber men. According to a new poll conducted by the Oxygen Network and Lightspeed, 59% of women and 41% of men have tattoos.

4. When you receive a tattoo, the ink is directly injected into the skin’s second layer, referred to as the “dermis.” The skin layer that lies above the dermis is referred to as the “epidermis,” and it serves as a sheer veil over the actual tattoo.

5. The earliest tattoos ever discovered were unearthed on the well-preserved body of a man dubbed “tzi” who was discovered beneath an Alps glacier. His body was covered in over 60 different tattoos, the majority of which were simple dot and line designs created with carbon ink.

6. Samuel O’Reilly invented and patented the first electric tattoo machine in 1891. When O’Reilly added needles and an ink reservoir to Edison’s electric pen, the tattoo gun was born.

7. A tattoo gun can pierce the skin 50 to 3000 times a minute, penetrating the epidermis approximately one millimeter deep.

8. A fresh tattoo is generally considered as fresh wound.

9. It takes around two weeks to many months for a tattoo to heal.

10. The longest tattooing session lasted for around 56 hours and 30 minutes.

Tattoo Facts: 11-20

11. The most used languages for tattooing are Japanese and Chinese.

12. The English word “tattoo” is one of the most frequently misspelled word in the language. It is frequently misspelled “tatoo.”

13. Kimberly Smith tattooed “” on her forehead in 2005 to help pay for her son’s tuition, making her the first person to use tattoo for an ad. 

14. 23 percent of people regret their tattoos, with a tattooed name being the most regretted.

15. The United States spends $1,650,500,000 per year on tattoos, with 14% of all Americans having at least one.

16. Aetius, an ancient Roman physician, created a tattoo ink containing leek juice, pine bark, vinegar, corroded bronze, insect eggs, vitriol, etc. However, majority of early inks contained a combination of soot, charcoal, and other natural ingredients excluding insects though.

17. Contrary to popular belief, black is the easiest color to remove with a laser. Because black ink absorbs the most laser waves, it can be removed from the skin much more easily than vibrant, lighter colors such as green or yellow.

18. According to a recent study published in Psychology Today, people who choose to get tattooed tend to have non-conforming lifestyles, enjoy mental and sensory adventures, and prefer low-risk novel experiences.

19. According to a study conducted in dermatology offices across several states, more females than males choose to have their tattoos removed. When women were asked why they chose to discontinue their tattoos, the most frequently stated reasons were embarrassment, social pressure, stigma associated with tattoo, or a new job/career.

20. The world’s most expensive tattoo is $924,000. Instead of ink, half-carat diamonds are encrusted into the skin. Nobody has ever had it performed.

Tattoo Facts: 21-28

21. The ankle area is the most frequently tattooed area on women. The arm is the most frequently tattooed area on men.

22. As tattooing becomes more socially acceptable, the art form’s popularity continues to grow. The number of tattooed individuals is expected to continue to grow in the coming years, further stretching the average annual spending.

23. Tattoos were once viewed as a form of mental illness by some medical professionals but have since found a place in clinical settings. Throughout the therapeutic community, it has been suggested that mental health practitioners use their patients’ tattoos as opportunities to explore fundamental aspects of self-identity and to aid in treatment.

24. A laser is used to remove a tattoo during tattoo removal surgery. The laser sends a strong pulse into the ink using energy. The ink is broken down and then metabolized by your body.

25. According to Guinness World Records, Charlotte Guttenberg has the most tattoos in the world (most tattooed senior citizen (female)), covering 98.75 percent of her body. This record was set on November 7th, 2017, in the United States.

26. According to Guinness World Records, Lucky Rich has the most tattoos in the world (world’s most tattooed person), covering 100 percent of his body. On March 14th, 2006, this milestone was achieved in Australia.

27. New Zealanders are the world’s most tattooed people. This is largely due to the Mori on the island, who continue to receive traditional Polynesian tattoos.

28. Miami has the most tattoo stores in the United States, with approximately 24 shops per 100,000 residents. Salina, Kansas, has the fewest shops per 100,000 residents, with only two.

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