Tattooing has exploded as an art form over the past 20 years, but it's an old practice with a lot of history. Can you stick and poke your way to a high score with some serious tattoo knowledge? Test your tattoo savvy with this HowStuffWorks quiz.
Humans have been tattooing each other dating back how far?
While tattoos are popular today, evidence suggests people have been tattooing each other for over 5,000 years. A tattooed iceman dating back about 5,200 years was discovered at the border of Austria and Italy in 1991.
Which of these religions has a tattoo culture that is thousands of years old?
Hinduism has a long history of tattooing, both temporary and permanent. The earliest Hindu scriptures talk about using plants for marking. Modern Hindus often tattoo religious symbols onto themselves for protection and to attract good karma.
What kind of tattoos started the world of modern tattooing in the West?
The traditional style of tattooing, which is also referred to as American Traditional or Old School, is the oldest form of tattooing in the modern world. It features less color and detail, but solid linework and a lot of tattoo staples like roses and daggers.
Which method do many people use to give themselves long lasting DIY tattoos?
Stick and poke
Many people choose to give themselves simple stick and poke tattoos at home using sterilized needles and dark ink. This can be dangerous if you are not an experienced tattooer or do not use clean tools.
Which country was famous for its complex prison tattoos for decades?
In Soviet Russia, prisoners took tattooing to another level with a complex language of images. By your tattoos, other inmates could know what crime you committed, how long you had been in jail and even more personal information.
Which style of tattooing draws the most influence from the traditional style?
Neo-Traditional tattoos keep elements of the traditional style, like bold outlines and a 2-D look, and blend them with elements of other tattoo styles. They are often brighter, more colorful and more detailed than classic tattoos.
In which U.S. state was it illegal to get tattooed until the year 2000?
The widespread legality and acceptance of tattooing are new in the US. In New York City, tattooing was illegal from the 1960s through the 1990s. In Massachusetts, tattooing could lead to a jail sentence up until 2000.