Where tattoos come from

French Polynesia has a long history of tattooing. Tahitians trace the art of tattooing all the way back to Tohu, the god who designed and colored the fishes of the sea. The art of tattooing was brought to Europe by explorers in the mid 1700’s. From there it began its quick ascent into popularity and taboo.



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Information sources:

“Stories from the Marshall Islands: Bwebwenato Jān Aelōn̄ Kein” by Jack A. Tobin

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Gottfried Lindauer [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons