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EnolaGaia

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This September 2021 article from The Conversation provides another overview of the history and sacred / cultural significance of tattoos.
What Ötzi the prehistoric iceman can teach us about the use of tattoos in ceremonial healing or religious rites

... This 5,300-year-old mummy is not only perhaps Europe’s most famous mummy, but also one of the most significant finds for those who study the global history of tattoos.

Ötzi was adorned with 61 tattoos that were incredibly preserved by the glacial climate.

The meaning of those tattoos has been debated ever since his discovery by the two hikers. Many of Ötzi’s tattoos were found to be lines drawn along areas such as the lower back, knees, wrists and ankles, areas where people most often experience ongoing pain as they age. Some researchers believe these tattoos to be an ancient treatment for pain. Various herbs known to have medicinal properties were found in close proximity to Ötzi’s resting place, lending further credence to this theory. ...

However, not all of Ötzi’s tattoos were on places usually affected by the wear and tear of everyday life on joints. Ötzi also sported tattoos on his chest. Theories of the purpose behind this set of tattoos, which were discovered using new imaging techniques in 2015, range from early acupuncture or ceremonial healing rituals to being part of a system of ritual or religious beliefs. ...

As a tattoo historian and scholar, I have seen how tattoos have historically been used for ceremonial healing, religious rites and to show belonging to both cultural and religious groups throughout the ancient world and leading all the way up to modern times. ...
FULL STORY: https://theconversation.com/what-ot...-ceremonial-healing-or-religious-rites-168058
 

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So that's what face masks are being used for now.
 

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In an example of the tabloid for lazily plundering chat sites for stories, the Daily Mirror website has a feature lifted verbatim from Reddit about a woman who objects to another woman's new tattoo.
The ink in question forms the name of the two women's mutual newborn grandchild.

I didn't read much as it's crap :chuckle: but it made me wonder what passes for news in some households.
 

Lord Lucan

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I could think of better things to do with $42,000 (if I had a vagina):

British model spends $42,000 to tattoo her private parts​

An OnlyFans model claims she has the most heavily tattooed vagina in the world after spending $42,000 to needle her privates.
A British OnlyFans star says she has the most heavily tattooed vagina in the world, with an artist needing five separate sessions to needle her labia.
Over the years, Becky Holt, 34, has spent more than $42,000 on a tattoo “bodysuit” with artworks adorning her entire frame, from her face to her feet, The NY Post reports.

The blonde made sure not to neglect her pubic region, and recently sought to have the sensitive area inked — despite an intense amount of agony it caused.
https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/b...s/news-story/f088a7e60dfefb05f8ad733b06ade7ca
 

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Georgia Tech researchers have developed microneedle patches that can yield a tattoo without the pain and / or blood-letting. The ease of using these patches suggests tattooing could be used for a wide variety of purposes, including temporary tagging.
Painless Tattoos Developed – Easy, Do-It-Yourself Microneedle Patches

Imagine getting painlessly tattooed by a skin patch containing microscopic needles, instead of sitting in a tattoo chair for hours enduring painful punctures. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) have developed low-cost, painless, and bloodless tattoos that can be self-administered. They have many applications, from medical alerts to tracking neutered animals to cosmetics.

“We’ve miniaturized the needle so that it’s painless, but still effectively deposits tattoo ink in the skin,” said Mark Prausnitz, principal investigator on the paper. “This could be a way not only to make medical tattoos more accessible, but also to create new opportunities for cosmetic tattoos because of the ease of administration.” ...

Various cosmetic products using microneedles are already on the market — mostly for anti-aging. However, developing microneedle technology for tattoos is new. ...

“We saw this as an opportunity to leverage our work on microneedle technology to make tattoos more accessible,” Prausnitz said. “While some people are willing to accept the pain and time required for a tattoo, we thought others might prefer a tattoo that is simply pressed onto the skin and does not hurt.” ...

... The Georgia Tech team has developed microneedles that are smaller than a grain of sand and are constructed of tattoo ink encased in a dissolvable matrix.

“Because the microneedles are made of tattoo ink, they deposit the ink in the skin very efficiently" ...

In this way, the microneedles can be pressed into the skin just once and then dissolve. They leave the ink in the skin after a few minutes without bleeding. ...
FULL STORY: https://scitechdaily.com/painless-tattoos-developed-easy-do-it-yourself-microneedle-patches/
 

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Here are the bibliographic details and summary from the open access report on the microneedle technology. The full report is accessible at the link below.


Song Li, Youngeun Kim, Jeong Woo Lee, Mark R. Prausnitz
Microneedle patch tattoos
iScience September 14, 2022
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.isci.2022.105014

Summary
Medical tattoos provide medical information, guide radiotherapy, and improve cosmetic outcomes of medical interventions. These tattoos are administered by repeated needle injection that causes pain, bleeding, and risk of infection, which limit more widespread use. Here, we developed single-use microneedle (MN) patches to deposit tattoos in the skin in a simple, rapid, painless, and bloodless way without biohazardous sharps waste. MN patch tattoos were designed with numbers, letters, symbols, environmentally responsive inks, and QR codes. Colored tattoos, and tattoos only visible with ultraviolet illumination for increased privacy, were developed and retained in the skin for at least one year. These MN patch tattoos recorded medical conditions such as diabetic medical alerts and vaccination status, responded to biophysical cues for possible physiological monitoring, and encoded complex personal health information. MN patches may increase safety and access to medical tattoos for improved fiducial marking, medical information storage, physiological monitoring, and cosmetic outcomes.

SOURCE / FULL REPORT: https://www.cell.com/iscience/fulltext/S2589-0042(22)01286-X
 

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Ancient Egyptian women got 'tramp stamp' tattoos more than 3,000 years ago to protect them and their child during birth


Ancient Egyptian women sported lower back tattoos, or 'tramp stamps,' more than 3,000 years before they were popularized in the late 1990s.

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Researchers believe the ancient women marked their lower backs and other locations on their bodies in order to protect themselves during childbirth.

Two mummies discovered on the west bank of the Nile River were found to have ancient markings on preserved flesh on their backs, which researchers said are associated with the god Bes who was believed to protect women and children, specifically during labor.

Along with depictions of Bes, the markings included a bowl, which symbolizes a postnatal ritual, the Eye of Horus that represents protection and health and goats for good luck.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...-tramp-stamp-tattoos-protect-child-labor.html

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