1960's Tattoos

At this time, cosmetic tattooing became popular, blush for cheeks, colored lips, and eyeliner.

With world war I, the flash art images changed to those of bravery and wartime icons.

Tattooing had little respect in American culture. Then, in 1961 there was an outbreak of hepatitis and tattooing was sent
spinning on its heels.

Though most tattoo shops had sterilization machines, few used them. Newspapers reported stories of blood poisoning, hepatitis, and other diseases.

In the late 1960s, the attitude towards tattooing changed. Much credit can be given to Lyle Tuttle. He is a handsome, charming, interesting and knows how to use the media. He tattooed celebrities, particularly women. Magazines and television went to Lyle to get information about this ancient art form.

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Like other important examples throughout art history, tattoos reflect society and recall both socially historic and deeply personal events.

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A man by the name of Samuel O-Reily set up a shop in Chatham Square, becoming the first man to use an electric tattoo gun. In the beginning, the now popular tattoo gun was based on Thomas Edison’s electric pin that used a needle point to puncture paper.

During the late 1960s, tattoos really began to take off. They were featured in magazines, television, and talked about everywhere. These days, tattoos are very common, with nearly half of the population in the United States having at least one tattoo. They are still common with bikers and clans, symbolizing that one is a member. There are millions of designs out there for tattoos – including different color combinations that have helped to make tattoos the phenomenon they are today.

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The first written reference to the word, "tattoo" (or Samoan "Tatau")

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Soldiers commonly got tattoos like these
Soldiers commonly got tattoos like these

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Women who served in the military
Women who served in the military

Daliana Gonzalez