10 Amazing & Surprising Facts About Tattoos

August 2, 2010

Tattoos are a never-ending topic of conversation. Here are 10 surprising and little known facts about this fascinating subject. 

The most tattooed person ever was Tom Leppard from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He has 99.9 per cent of his body covered with a leopard-skin design. Guinness World Records states that the only parts of Tom's body that were not tattooed were the skin between his toes and the insides of his ears. 

American Julia Gnuse and Canadian Krystyne Kolorful share the title for the world's most tattooed women. Both have 95 per cent of their bodies tattooed. Julia began to tattoo her body in order to disguise the effects of porphyria, a disease which can leave skin permanently scarred. No one knows why Krystyne chose this weird way to accessorize her body. 

In October 1991 a 5,000-year-old frozen body of a Bronze Age hunter was found between Austria and Italy.  The body, nicknamed Ozti the iceman, was found in a glacier and was so well preserved that scientists were able to make out a number of tattoos. These included a cross on the inside of the left knee, six straight lines 15 cm above the kidneys and a series of parallel lines on the ankles. This was one hip ancient guy! 

King Harold II of England was known to have many tattoos. After his death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, his tattoos were used to identify his body. He is more famous today for his tattoos than his heroics in battle! 

George C. Reiger Jr. was an American who boasted to have over 1,000 tattoos based on Disney characters. His tattoos include all 101 Dalmatians. All of the characters were copyrighted so Reiger had to seek permission from Disney to get his tattoos and he now claims to be the only person in the world with such authorization. He received the permission on the condition that he not  to go to a tattoo parlor, appear in a tattooing magazine or make money in any way from his tattoos. 

Early tattoo artists used urine mixed with different coloring matter to make their tattoos.

Creepy...but it worked! 

The invention of the first tattoo machine used the design of the doorbell. Amazing...but true. 

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries it was very fashionable for aristocrats, both men and women, to be tattooed. At that time tattooing was very expensive and people paid huge sums of money for their designs. Later the costs were reduced and tattooing was adopted by the lower classes. That's when the practice fell out of favor with the social elite and they went on to even more expensive ways to decorate their bodies.

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