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National Tattoo Story Day

Share your ink story and join others in celebrating National Tattoo Story Day - it's time to show off your body art!
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When it is?
September 16
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Celebrate National Tattoo Story Day on September 16 by sharing the stories behind your tattoos! This special day was created to honor the unique and personal stories behind tattoos, both large and small. It's a great way to connect with fellow tattoo enthusiasts and share tales of your own ink. Whether you have a funny story or meaningful meaning behind your tattoo, this day is sure to bring smiles all around. So grab a cup of coffee, sit down and start telling your stories – it will be a fun and memorable day for everyone!

History of National Tattoo Story Day

National Tattoo Story Day Dates

National Tattoo Story Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>3300 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Known Tattoo</div><div class='timeline-text'>The oldest known tattoo was discovered on the frozen, preserved body of the "Iceman", Ötzi, who lived around 3300 BC.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1700s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tattoos in Polynesia</div><div class='timeline-text'>British explorer James Cook reported extensive tattooing among Polynesians, spreading the practice popularity in European society.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1891</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Electric Tattoo Machine</div><div class='timeline-text'>Samuel O'Reilly patents in the United States the first electric tattoo machine, revolutionizing the tattoo industry.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1961</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Tattooing Ban in New York City</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to a hepatitis outbreak, the Health Department of New York City banned tattooing, causing it to completely go underground until the ban was lifted in 1997.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>TV and Tattoo Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>TV shows like Miami Ink began airing, creating wider acceptance and interest in tattoos as a form of art and self-expression.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2014</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Tattoo Story Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Tattoo Story Day is first observed encouraging individuals to share the meanings behind their tattoos, and celebrate this ancient form of self-expression.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Tattoo Story Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Research tattoo stories</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Look into the history of tattoo stories and how they have evolved over time. Learn about different styles and methods used for tattoos, and how they relate to cultural and religious practices.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Share your own tattoo story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share your own personal story with tattoos. What inspired you to get them? What are the stories behind them? Share the meanings behind your tattoos with others.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a tattoo parlor</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a tattoo parlor near you and see what stories the artists there have to tell. Ask questions about their art, techniques, and their own personal stories with tattoos.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a tattoo story album</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Compile photos of tattoos and their stories into an album or scrapbook. Take pictures of your own tattoos, or of tattoos of friends or family members, as well as photos of artwork that inspired the design.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Throw a tattoo story party</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather friends and family together and share your stories behind your tattoos. Encourage everyone to bring their own albums or scrapbooks and swap stories over food and drinks.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Tattoo Story Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tattoo stories show us the power of creativity</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On National Tattoo Story Day, we celebrate the powerful storytelling that tattoos can achieve. From colourful designs with vivid details to minimalistic black and white pieces, each tattoo holds a unique story that resonates with its wearer. Whether it's a homage to a loved one or a reminder to stay true to themselves, these tattoos remind us of the beauty and power that comes from using our own creativity and imagination!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tattoos are an expression of individuality</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Tattoos are an amazing way for people to express themselves without words. They are a form of art that is entirely unique to the person sporting them and can communicate volumes about who they really are as an individual. On National Tattoo Story Day, we honor those who choose to use their bodies as canvas for artwork that conveys something deeply personal about themselves.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Tattoos can be beautiful keepsakes</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Celebrating National Tattoo Story Day reminds us of how meaningful tattoos can be - not just in body art but also in our lives. They can be deep symbols of remembrance and commitment that remain forever etched in our skin. They can bring back cherished memories every time you look at them, making them more than just art - they're truly treasured keepsakes.</p></div></div>

5 Ink-Credible Facts for Tattoo Story Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tattoos were once used as a form of healing</h3><p class='facts-content'>The ancient Egyptians used tattoos as therapeutic treatment, with designs placed on parts of the body affected by pain or illness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The word "tattoo" comes from the Polynesian word "tatau"</h3><p class='facts-content'>Introduced by the Samoan word "tatau", which means "to mark", the term tattoo is now universally recognized around the world.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tattoos often symbolize rites of passage</h3><p class='facts-content'>Throughout history and different cultures, tattoos have marked milestones in a person's life, from entering adulthood to becoming a warrior or a parent.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Japan's intricate full body tattoos began with firefighters</h3><p class='facts-content'>In 18th century Japan, firefighters began the trend of full body tattoos as a form of protection. These intricate tattoos evolved into a unique and revered art form.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Tattoos can take years to complete</h3><p class='facts-content'>Master tattoo artists known as "Horishis" in Japan work with traditional "tebori" technique. A single piece can take many years to complete, with clients committing to regular sessions.</p></div></div>

National Tattoo Story Day FAQs

When is National Tattoo Story Day?

National Tattoo Story Day is celebrated on September 16 every year. In 2024, National Tattoo Story Day falls on a Monday.

National Tattoo Story Day Dates



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