Tattoo History

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Where does the term "tattoo" come from?

Tattoo History

The term “tattoo” was introduced to English speakers by Captain James Cook and sailors introduced the practice of tattooing to the Western world. Cook picked up the word, which is derived from a Polynesian language, while traveling throughout the Pacific during the late 1770s. Cook also introduced the term “taboo” to the Western world.

   

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