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"A Brief History of Traditional American Tattoos"









Tattoos have been a part of American culture for centuries, with evidence of tattooing dating back to the Native American tribes of the pre-Columbian era. However, the history of traditional American tattoos as we know them today can be traced back to the early 20th century.


During this time, tattoos were often associated with sailors and the military, who would get tattooed as a way to mark their travels and experiences at sea. These tattoos were typically simple designs, often featuring anchors, ships, and nautical stars.


It wasn't until the 1950s and 60s that tattoos began to become more mainstream, thanks in part to the influence of popular culture. Celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and James Dean helped to bring tattoos into the mainstream, and tattoo parlors began to pop up in cities across the country.


Traditional American tattoos, also known as old school tattoos, are characterized by bold outlines and bright colors. They often feature iconic images such as roses, skulls, and eagles. These tattoos are a nod to the history of tattooing in America and are a beloved part of tattoo culture.


So the next time you see a traditional American tattoo, take a moment to appreciate the rich history and cultural significance behind it.

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