Tattooing is one of the oldest art forms known to human. It is a type of body modification that involves creating permanent letters, symbols or other images on the skin. Ink is injected under the surface of the skin, by piercing it with a small needle.

In ancient times, tattoos were not only applied for decoration, but they were also held symbolic significance as well. Some tattoos were applied because they had religious meaning, for instance, while others were status symbols. At a few points in history, tattoos were even used to mark slaves, as well as prisoners and other criminals.

Today, tattoos are generally used as a form of artistic self-expression. Some modern tattoos can be quite simple, while others may be very elaborate. Images range from simple flowers and cartoon characters, to more portraits and scenery. While not every tattoo has a deep meaning, most tattoos still signify something.