The word “tattoo” is a borrowing of the Samoan word tatau, meaning to mark or strike twice (the latter referring to traditional methods of applying the designs). Tattooing has been practiced worldwide. Despite some taboos surrounding tattooing, the art continues to be popular in many parts of the world.
Tattoos are created by inserting colored materials inside the skin’s surface. The first tattoos probably were created by an accident. Someone had a small wound, and rubbed it with soot and ashes from a fire. Once the wound had healed, they saw that a mark stayed permanently.