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Page 1 Erica Free Ms. Burton English 1102 11 March 2009 Tattoos: The Real Story The topic of tattoos is very important to me personally because I have one. This does not constrain me very much to my topic because I have been on both sides of the issue. I thought about my tattoo for a very long time and researched a lot on the specific one I wanted, but I didn’t go in depth on tattoos themselves. Through this topic I am learning a lot about how I feel about tattoos and the way others feel as well. There are many perspectives surrounding my topic, but the ones I found to be most common were historical, media, master tattooists, interested non-tattooed people, and appearance. The discussions regarding my topic vary in many ways depending on the person who is involved in that category. Some tattoo cultures are more about the historical aspect of the practice. For example, in Japan they think the historical and cultural perspective is the most important above all in the world of tattooing. It is said that the art of Japanese tattooing has a ritual significance. Although some of the history of tattooing is debatable, it is obvious that it has deep traditional roots from the past. I believe having a deep root for something makes it very specialized to that particular culture in that they have a lot of experience in it and can perform very well. Because of this, the Japanese government banned the tattooing of its people. They did not say anything about foreigners coming in to the country to receive the tattoos however, which was just another set of proof that they were good at what they did. At one point in time the government was actually using tattoos as a means of severe punishment for the criminals back before the modern
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Page 2 day tattoos when they were extremely painful to get. The modern Japanese tattoo is based directly from the Edo period that lasted from around 1600 to 1868. The earliest recorded discoveries of tattoos can be found on the skin of Egyptian mummies dating back to 2000 B.C. Since then, tattoos have changed throughout the years.
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