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The purpose of this group is to feature tattoos on the human canvas of skin and anything associated with the art of tattooing.
Since tattoos come in many shapes, sizes and forms, which often include nudity, gore or profanity, this group will be considered Rated R - For Mature Audiences Only! To limit it to the realms of \'family friendly\' would only serve to prevent some fantastic tattoos from gaining notice by other fans of the art of tattoos.
For many years those who sported tattoo art on their bodies were looked down upon by mainstream society, viewed as deviants, thugs and morally inferior human beings. Now, we are seeing a rise in acceptance, and even admiration, for this ancient form of body art.
The earliest known evidence of humans using tattoos can be dated to circa 3250 BC, with a find in the Alps of the mummy given the name of Otzi the Iceman, who had already been dead for 600 years when Cheops began building the Great Pyramid of Giza, and Stonehenge wasn\'t begun until several hundred years after Otzi\'s death. Otzi\'s tattoos, located on areas of the body which suffer extreme stress and pain, were most likely used as mystical therapeutic treatments. The ancient mummies of Egyptian women have also been found to be tattooed with marks that were most likely of a therapeutic nature in the form of permanent protective amulets. Other cultures used tattoos to signify high stature, ideals of beauty and rites of passage. In India some tribal groups believe that tattoos are used as a form of currency in the afterlife which will allow them to purchase food and other provisions after they are dead.
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