10 Facts About the Psychology of Tattoos

10. Ancient Ink

Tattoos are a tradition that go back thousands of years. The oldest discovered proof of tattoos dates back to 3250 BC. They belonged to a man who was nicknamed “Otzi,” and his body was frozen beneath a glacier in the Alps, which preserved his skin for all these years. He had a total of at least 61 tattoos all over his body. Before discovering Otzi, the oldest tattoo was found on a man who died in his 30s. He had a permanent mustache tattooed on his upper lip… because apparently hipsters are a lot older than we realize. His body was discovered in Chile, and is estimated to be from 4000 BC.

Ancient tattooing tools have been found around the globe, so it just goes to show that tattoos have been around for thousands of years. It’s solid proof that tattoos are part of human history. Researchers at the Smithsonian believe that Otzi’s tattoos indicate that there was a long-standing tradition of tattoos countless years before him. Researchers believe that tattoos could have possibly been a very primitive form of healing or therapy. However, mustache tattoos may have simply made up for someone not being able to grow his own facial hair. The age of tattoos just proves that it isn’t a modern fad, and that the reasons why people want to ink their skin is set deeply in human psychology.

9. Improving One’s Self

According to Psychology Today, tattoos are a form of enhancement. People see it as a way of taking the blank canvas of a human body, and somehow making it better. It’s very similar to anyone going on a diet or getting plastic surgery in order to make themselves look and feel better than they did before they got a tattoo.

People who get tattoos hope that it will make them look more attractive, and that people will notice them more often. Instead of noticing someone for their beautiful face or nice figure, a tattoo is a piece of art that becomes part of the owner’s body.

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