1. The Ancient Tat, The B.C. Years.
Tattoos were the trend du jour ranging across ancient cultures including: Egyptian, the Scythian people of the Altai Mountains, to tribes in Peru and Colombia. In Egypt, they were marks of prostitution and supposedly even protected one against sexually transmitted diseases. In other cultures, such as in Ancient Greece, tattoos were meant to brand someone as a slave or as a member of a religious sect. Tools to apply ink included a sharp point attached to a wooden handle, bronze instruments, and needles tied together.
2. The Aristocratic Tat, 1890s - 1910s.
Tattoos were briefly fashionable with the British upper class during the late 1800s and early 1900s. They were usually in places that were easily covered by clothes and designs ranged from butterflies (hello early tramp stamp?) to initials. Queen Victoria was rumored to have a Bengal tiger fighting a python. Now, we have to ask: Is Queen Elizabeth II keeping this tradition alive?