THE HISTORY OF TATTOO IS HARD TO RECOUNT EVENTHOUGH IT’S AN ANCESTRAL PRACTICE WE CAN’T PLACE IT’S ORIGIN.
Since XVIIIth century everyone who was in contact with primitive culture (sailors,soldiers, travellers) made their own tattoo and wore this stigmata of exclusion as a defiance toward western society or to integrate foreign societies. In those times where travelling is common and where social codes had exploded numerous are those who chose tattoo to show their need to communicate, their idealism, their openmindness to enter international family of the tattooed ones.
Baptism with blood and ink from XVIth to XVIIIth century the practice of tattooing well spread in the amerindian nations impressed the french. to the amerindians it was aesthetical on a femal body and sign of the brave on a male body and enable to establish a social status. In the XVIIIth century in louisinana an officer Áof the french army named jean-bernard bossu was adopted by the nation akansas for an act of braveness. So he was tattooed a deer on the thigh. At the same time a lot of canadians got tattooed plants are animals because tattoo would ease relationships with the amerindians. europeans would get tattooed to be accepted by the amerindians and indians would accept baptism to integrate the community of the christians.
Cultur in the skin
In the beginning of the XIXth century in the marquise islands the church forbidde the use of body adornments and so eradicates everything that was marquisian culture. the last generation of tattooed marquisian will extinct in 1930. they thought that the islands wear totally accultured so the design of traditional tattoos are lost forever…but in the 1960’s the inhabitant of the islands go searching for the rotts of their culture. But where to find back designs that were not archived by this oral tradition society?
In western countries! scientist, collectors brought them back or even published them in europe that’s where marquisians go to search them since 1980’s.
In 1872, the emperor matsushito forbiddes tattoo so that it won’t schoks the other nations. ironically that is strangers that shows an important interest toward japanese tattoo. ten years later george the Vth king of england got tattooed adragon on his arm.
Tattoo was in some way heriditary in the royal family. the father of this king would adorne, as the crusaders, the tattoo of a cross of jerusalem a souvenir of a trip holy land.