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“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.”—V. “Valhalla” Vale.

Tattoos are a man’s best friend. Wait—sorry, that’s dogs. Tattoos are a women’s best friend. Whoops, got it wrong again, sorry, that’s diamonds. Hm. Well, then. Tattoos may not be a best friend, but they certainly are one of the only things that will stick around with you, through thick and thin, until the end. Tattoos have a long history and have gone in and out of vogue, but it seems like they’re now more popular than ever. Some people get them for memories and to tell their story, some people get them to feel the pain and become addicted, and some people just think they’re cool. One thing is for certain though, tattoos are a part of human culture and are here to stay.


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40. Royal Trends

The tattoo renaissance didn’t happen until the middle of the 20th century, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t trendy anytime before then, as English and Russian royalty would often get tattoos between the 18th to 20th centuries. During these times, tattoos were quite expensive and therefore exclusive, but once they became affordable for commoners, the royalty dropped the practice and instead derided commoners for their tattoos.

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