What Grade Would You Get on a Tattooing Exam?

Ian Fortey

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About This Quiz

Throughout history, we have really embraced tattooing as the body modification of choice. Piercing has its place, but there's so much you can do with a tattoo. The range of colors and styles, of body placements and subject matter, are just so vast. Anyone, anywhere can just go to a tattoo shop and get a full back piece depicting the Golden Girls fighting zombies if they want to. They could also get a simple portrait of a loved one. If they wanted, they could just get some words of encouragement.  Tattooing is only bound by imagination and the skill of your artist.

With its long history and cultural significance, there's a lot to know and understand about tattooing beyond that skin deep layer of just putting cool images on people's bodies. There's a history there, as well as a science. A good tattooist knows proper standards and practices and knows who invented tattooing. They should know what needle to use for what job and how to clean them. They should know what style evolved from where and when. Not everyone has mastered all of that knowledge though. Do you think you could do better than most on a tattooing exam? Take the quiz and find out how much of an Ink Master you truly are.

The oldest evidence of tattooed human flesh was on a mummy that dates back to at least 3100 BC. Where was it found?

What famous explorer told tales of seeing tattooed people in his travels through China in the late 1200s?

Tattoos haven't always had the same cultural value as they do today. Who was most likely to have a tattoo back in ancient Greece?

You need to use an autoclave to sterilize tattoo tools. How long are they good in a sterilization pouch?

Traditional tattooing was done with simple needles and sticks. Who patented the first electric tattoo machine?

What is the main purpose of a Magnum tattoo needle?

There are literally dozens of styles of tattooing you can choose from, but what's the oldest style?

A tattoo artist will use a specific liquid to spray and wipe down a client's skin during a tattoo. What's that stuff called?

Where would you go looking if you wanted to find the oldest tattoo shop in the world?

Razzouk Tattoo claims to be the oldest running tattoo shop in the world. When they say old, they mean it. When did the owners of this shop start tattooing?

The word "tattoo" is not originally an English word at all. To what language does it trace its origins?

If someone wants a bold, colorful, cartoony tattoo, what style should they get?

What's the name of the style of tattooing that involves making it appear as though the subject has machine parts mixed with living tissue?

Some religions have a prohibition against tattooing. Which religion is most clear in its anti-tattoo stance?

If you're getting a tattoo done in the trash polka style, what are the two dominant colors going to be?

Not every place in the world is tolerant of tattooing. Where can you go where tattooing is still illegal?

Prison tattoos have a long history in America. Since prisoners can't access real supplies, they have to make their own ink. What can it be made from?

Aside from Mike Tyson, not a lot of people get famous for face tattoos. What people are known for their traditional face art?

Statistics change frequently, but according to a 2017 Statista survey, how many Americans have tattoos?

Based on a 2017 Statista survey, how many Americans have more than one tattoo?

If you want to get a tattoo that looks just like something you saw in a picture, what style are you looking for?

Not a lot of people get rich doing tattoos. What's the average salary of a tattoo artist?

You need to crawl before you can walk and you need to apprentice before you can tattoo. How long does an apprenticeship last?

Criminals and tattooing have a long history together. What criminal organization is world famous for their tattoos?

What's the most common type of tattoo machine in use these days?

What's in the ink that makes glow-in-the-dark tattoos glow?

Some of the pigments in tattoo ink have traditionally come from dangerous sources. What dangerous element was used to make red ink?

Vegan tattoo ink is growing in popularity. What might have been in old tattoo ink that made it non-vegan?

Who was the first documented tattoo artist to operate in the United States back in the 1860s?

What was the first tattoo reality show to appear on television?

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