The first Jesuit settlers document the tattoo prevalent among Amerindians. Among many tribes, unique tattoo designs have been used to mark outstanding warriors and a sign of arrival in adulthood.
Ontario Iroquois used elaborate designs to identify people with very high social status, and in many tribes in the northwestern United States, women were tattooed on their chins as a sign of marriage or marriage. # 39; commitment.
The first permanent tattoo shop was established in New York in 1846 by Martin Hildebrandt who began his trade traveling on both sides of the Civil War tattooing the names of soldiers and sailor lovers as he was seen as a sign of good luck. Hildebrandt has spent the next 20 years training artists in her craft. The second store open in the United States has also provided probably the most important invention on the tattoo industry.
Samuel O & # 39; Reilly was the founder of this shop and in 1891 invented the first electric tattoo machine. Prior to his invention, the needles were dipped in ink and the artist would manually puncture the skin only two or three times a second. The electric machine allowed an artist to draw directly on the client's skin.
The 1900s were an emerging moment for tattoos in the United States. Prior to this period, it was mainly an unknown art and entered an era where advertising became more important.
Today, the tattoo art form continues stronger than ever to gain more social acceptance on a more courageous scale. Once considered something reserved by criminals, low-life gangs and bikers. Tattoos can be found in all economic and social scales in the United States. Famous celebrities proudly display their artwork on network television shows. Musicians of all genres can be seen flamboyant tattoo designs from a simple little tattoo to more elaborate and extensive complete body art.