The history of tattoos dates back many thousands of years, from the moment a person began to live in society with other people. The most ancient tattoos were found by researchers of Egyptian tombs and pyramids. Tattoo, at all times, was usually applied not only as a decorative decoration on the body, but was in some cases a sign of a clan, totem, tribe. By it you could find out the social affiliation of its owner. It was also believed that a tattoo could give its owner magical powers. Thus, the ancestors of the Vietnamese, wanting to escape from the attacks of marine animals, applied dragon tattoos to their bodies. The first tattoos in Russia In Russia, the history of tattoos starts from the traditional Soviet camp and army tattoos, so far it makes up the majority of all. The appearance of prison tattoos takes its historical past from camps and prisons, it was there that a specific tattoo culture was born. The motives and subjects of prison tattoos were various, from cave paintings to imitations of the famous Italian artist Leonard Da Vinci. An army tattoo is more understandable, since it usually depicts the military branch, year of service, and blood type. Anchors, sails or seagulls – these navy tattoos were mainly made by sailors using marine style. In the past few years, tattooing in our country has succumbed to the increasing influence of the eastern countries and the West. Over time, a lot of trends and styles appeared in the tattoo, which we did not know about before. Along with the emergence of a new economic and political system, a new aesthetics and ethics appeared in the country. Today, there is literally a real explosion of tattoo popularity. People of different ages, professions, social status come to tattoo parlors and order tattoos of various sizes and styles, on different parts of the body. The most popular are all kinds of images of hieroglyphs, ornaments, fantastic characters and monsters, some collages from real or fairy plants. Among young people, of course, the most popular decorative tattoo. A decorative tattoo is done in any style depending on the desire of its future owner and, as a rule, does not carry any information about him, performing only the function of decoration. Such tattoos involve animalistic plots in the form of images of animals, insects, fish, birds, as well as plant motifs associated with the plant world (for example, plant ornament). It happens that there are interesting tattoos in the style of “biomechanics”, where body and machine elements are used in combination. Ethnic tattoos Ethnic tattoos are associated with ornaments of cultures of various peoples of the world. For example, it can be Chinese characters, oriental patterns or Indian tattoos. A lot of people give their sympathy in the direction of graphic contour drawings in the style of “black wave”, but nevertheless, Japanese and Celtic tattoos are more popular. Erotic tattoos increase the sex appeal of the body. All kinds of erotic images, pictures and inscriptions are applied, most often, in the area of intimate places and areas of the genitals – shoulder, chest, sacrum, pubis and so on. The male sex often tattoos the biceps and shoulder with ring patterns. You may notice that before, the culture of tattoos in our country was absolutely masculine, but now more and more often the female gender is becoming relevant tattoo carriers. This is precisely connected in many respects with tattoos of an erotic nature. Why do people get tattoos? According to psychologists, a tattoo gives its owner the opportunity to feel a sense of individuality and their own unique. In ancient times, only a select few wore tattoos on the body, and in our time it is accessible to many people of different ages and has become a peculiar trend in fashion. However, psychologists also argue that there is another side to the coin. They believe that a tattoo performs not only a decorative function and is an adornment of body parts, but also leaves a mark on the psychology of its wearer. For example, a person who has an aggressive tattoo, as if imperceptibly covering himself with a hidden barrier, the tattoo very often reminds him: I hate the whole world, I am angry at all. A tattoo was a kind of imitation and following of a cultural clan or someone else’s will, assuming any obligations. In the history of tattoos, there is something similar to a related stigma, which seemed to be some characteristic quality of its owner, his desire. In many ways, the problem lies in the fact that a person as he grows up can change, his value principles, aesthetic tastes, and other outlooks on life can change. In this case, the beautiful and stylish image desired in the past becomes like an alien spot on the body. According to statistics, a large half of the people who made the tattoo want to get rid of and reduce it.