What is tattoo?

  • (noun): A design on the skin made by tattooing.
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A tattoo is a form of body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" (or Samoan "Tatau") appears in the journal of Joseph Banks, the naturalist aboard Captain Cook's ship the HMS Endeavour: "I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition".

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Stranger In A Strange Land (Lost) - Production
... Although Jack had tattoos on his arm the entire series, their origin had never been explained ... Matthew Fox received the tattoos before Lost was even created ... Professor Xinping Zhu of Northeastern University, the tattoo is made up of four Chinese characters from a poem written by Mao Zedong in 1925 ...
Tattoo - Gallery
... Maori chief, New Zealand, c. 1880 Japan, 1889 Tattooed sailor aboard the USS New Jersey, 1944 Latin Kings gang member showing his gang tattoo ...
Louis Molloy
... Louis Molloy is a Manchester-based tattoo artist who designed David Beckham's back tattoo, depicting a bald, winged, angelic figure ... Beckham calls the tattoo his "guardian angel" and premiered it in 1999 after work finished in April that year ... Molloy has since completed tattoos on other celebrities including Spice Girls Mel C, Mel B and Victoria Beckham, all members of Boyzone and fellow Manchunian Ricky Hatton ...
Cover-up (tattoo)
... A tattoo cover-up is one of two options for dealing with an unwanted tattoo, the other being removal ... Covering up an unwanted tattoo is the cheaper option ... Cover-ups may completely hide the old tattoo with a new design, or may incorporate elements or the whole of the existing tattoo ...
List Of The Lone Shark Episodes - List of Notable Episodes - Tattoo You (1992 – Recorded)
... featured tattooist Danny Williams, a local artist who was considered to be one of the top ten tattoo artists in the United States ... Williams worked on an elaborate tattoo on the back of one of his clients while answering questions from Jim Sharky and "Liberace" (Connecticut actor Lance Fritz) ... did not seem to be amused when Sharky mentioned that “Liberace” wanted a tattoo of his penis on his penis – but he wanted the tattoo to be larger than ...

More definitions of "tattoo":

  • (noun): A drumbeat or bugle call that signals the military to return to their quarters.
  • (noun): The practice of making a design on the skin by pricking and staining.
  • (verb): Stain (skin) with indelible color.