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The tattoo world is constantly evolving.  Tattoos can be a form of self-expression, showing affiliation with a group, or representation of thrill and excitement.  Tattoos and the meanings behind them are constantly changing. In prior years tattoos were mainly found on men, sailors, convicts, and biker gangs.  Now, tattoos are found on people of all genders, races, and social class. Even though tattoo techniques have improved since they were first established, they still have some flaws.  Here are some facts about tattoos that you may not have known:

  • According to Oxygen Network and Lightspeed Research, More Women have Tattoos than Men.
  • To Mix Tattoo Colors, Urine Was Used at Times (we’ve come a long way haven’t we?)
  • The Skin is pierced 50-3,000 times per minute by the tattoo needle during the tattoo process.
  • Americans Spend Around $1.65 Billion Dollars on Tattoos Every Year!
  • ‘Tattoo’ is one of the Most Misspelled Words in the English Language.


According to Oxygen Network and Lightspeed Research, More Women have Tattoos than Men.

Oxygen Network and Lightspeed Research released a poll that showed that women are more likely to have tattoos than men.  After analyzing the results, those conducting the survey were able to gather that, 59% of women had tattoos as opposed to the 41% of men that were partaking in this survey.   Women are more likely to have tattoos because they make it into an event; many women go with their friends or family to get tattoos or get matching tattoos with someone else. Men, however, typically go solo.


To Mix Tattoo Colors, Urine was Sometimes Used.

Before you say it, we know… THIS IS DISGUSTING!  In some cultures, when you mix coal dust and urine, you get the same texture and consistency of tattoo ink….(Makes you wonder how they knew to try that).  Other materials used to make homemade or traditional tattoo ink are:

  • Pen Ink
  • Soot
  • Dirt
  • Blood
  • Lead
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel
  • Zinc
  • Cobalt

And more!

When mixing these different items you can create different colors like red, yellow, green, black, violet, brown, white, and more!

At we are always finding new and exciting things about tattoos!  As the world evolves so does the tattoo industry. If you have some interesting facts about tattoos, share them with us!  Go to to the directory tab

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Yours, Zoe


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