The World of Tattoos Continues to Grow


Tattoo Anyone?

If you are thinking about entering a contest to declare you have the most tattoos, on your body, of anyone in the world, think again! A man named Gregory Paul McLaren presently holds this record according to the Guinness World Record. His body is 99.9 percent covered. He even has tattoos on the inside of his eyelids, mouth, and ears. If you would like to have a tattoo put on your body by the world’s richest tattoo artist, then you will need to see Scott Campbell. He charges $1,000 for the first hour. Oh, and you need to make an appointment on the weekends as that is the only time he works.

Some Interesting Facts About Tattoos

A 2012 survey revealed that 59 percent of people with tattoos are women. Their choice of a tattoo is that of a heart or an angel. Tattooing was illegal in South Carolina until 2004. It was also illegal in Oklahoma until 2006. It is still illegal in several countries: Iran, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. In 2005 one woman, named Kimberly Smith received the first tattoo for advertisement purposes. Smith had “” tattooed on her forehead to pay for her son’s tuition. It’s possible she might be one of the 23 percent of people who regret getting their tattoos.

Unsanitary Tattooing, Watch Out!

You need to be very careful when you choose your tattoo artist. Make sure his/her studio is very clean. Why? Because unsanitary tattooing practices can transmit diseases. You might end up with syphilis, hepatitis B, or HIV (to date, no case of HIV being transmitted via a tattoo application has been reported). 

Tattoos and Costs

People in the US spend $1,650,500,000 per year on tattoos. It is reported that 14 percent of all Americans have at least one tattoo. If you are looking for the most expensive tattoo in the world, you will need to pay $924,000. It is completed with half a carat diamonds encrusted into the skin as opposed to ink. Not many people choose this tattoo. As a matter of fact, to date, no one has ever had this tattoo completed. So, at a more reasonable cost, a small tattoo has an average price of $45. A large tattoo costs an average of $150 per hour. 

History Of The Tattoo

Today it is believed that tattooing started as a form of healing similar to acupuncture. It eventually evolved into the art form it is today. When introduced into the Western world, it was popular mostly with sailors. It started to gain popularity in the 1970s. The tattoos were originally thought to be a form of rebellion. Today it is more widely accepted than ever before. Otzi the Iceman, some time back, in approximately 3200 BC, is the oldest known person who had tattooed human skin. His body was discovered in the Alps. He had 61 tattoos of simple dots and lines created by using carbon ink. 

Recent Times

In 1891 Samuel O’Reilly invented and patented the first electric tattoo machine. The tattoo gun was from Edison’s electric pen, although O’Reilly added needles and an ink reservoir. Today the tattoo gun can puncture the skin between 50 and 3,000 times per minute. It generally penetrates the skin about one millimeter deep to the dermis. 

Tattoos are considered a work of art; I prefer to have my art on canvas.