All You Need To Know Before Getting a Tattoo

By Admin - September 23, 2020

Un tatouage est un dessin décoratif et/ou symbolique permanent effectué sur la peau. Auparavant, il était le plus souvent effectué avec de l'encre de Chine ou des encres à base de charbon ou de suif. De nos jours il s'agit plus d'encres contenant des pigments industriels.

 Tattoos in history

  • Tattoos are 5000 years old originally from Eurasia.
  • Otzi the Ice Man is a Bronze Age mummy found in ice with tattoos on his legs.

  • In ancient Egypt only female priestesses had tattoos. They were mainly patterns of dots and lines.
  • Pacific Island tattoos are the most intricate and represent the person's spirits or life force.
This is a Maori Chief from New Zealand.

Another Maori warrior with a tattoed face.

By the 1800s tattoos were very popular with sailors. It was important for sailors to look different from normal people.

Do you know how tattoos are made?

  • Step one: choose a design 

  • First, go to the studio with a good tattoo artist.
  • Choose a design from the artist's catalog (a special book of designs)
  • Or tell the artist what you want and ask her to design something new.

  • Step two: Make a stencil

  • Your design is printed on special stencil paper.
  • Your skin is sterilized to kill all the germs.
  • The stencil is put on the skin and when it is pulled off an outline stays on your skin.

  • Step Three: Trace the outline 

  • The tattoo artist uses a special outlining needle to trace the outline left by the stencil on your skin.

  • Step four: Add shading & color 


  • A different needle is used to fill in the outline with shading or color.
  • Sometimes this takes more than one day.

  • Step five: Bandage the tattoo 

  • The tattoo must be bandaged for a few days so it won't get infected. 

How long does it take?

Small tattoos = 1 to 2  hours 

➜ Large tattoos = 8 to 9 hours 

➜ Very large tattoos = 24 hours!!

Does it Hurt?

8 out of 10 people said ....

YES!! A lot!

But it's worth it.

Why do people get tattoos?

  • To show others what they believe in.

  • To remember an important event like the birth of a child or falling in love.

  • To look cool or fashionable.

  • For religious reasons.


  • You have to be 16 to get a tattoo.

  • Tattoos are permanent so you should be very careful in making your decision.

  • It can be a little painful.

  • Americans spend $10 billion a year on tattoos.

Here are a few photos:



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