TATTOO: An Ancient and Intimate Craft

 

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Tattooing by puncture, with a sharp tool or needle which introduces a dye under the top layer of skin, was first practiced, so far as we know, in Ancient Egypt. Clay dolls fashioned during that civilization are the earliest evidence of tattooing to have been preserved. There are two of these dolls, with their tattoo-marks, in the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford…