Friday, March 12, 2010

A visit to the tattoo parlor: 1661

How Letters that cannot be defaced may be written upon Mens bodies.

If you please at any time to write new Figures upon a Man, you may easily do it in a hot house, dividing the uttermost skin with a Razor, or a Lancet, first marking the Letter with Inke upon the skin; then fill up the cuts with red Lead, or blew, or with some Earth of the same colour which you would have it...
--From Eighteen books of the secrets of art and nature--

This wasn't for the benefit of the person getting the tattoo, but for the person making the tattoo. They would write notes on a person's skin and then have them deliver it (in person obviously).

People can be so many things, including a sheet of paper. And I suppose I prefer people without tattoos because I like a blank canvas, or at least the illusion of one.

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