The origins of human tattooing are historic. The word “tattoo” was first brought back to Europe by Captain James Cook in 1771 following his exploration of Tahiti and New Zealand. The word is adapted from the Polynesian word tatau. A naturalist aboard Captain Cook’s ship by the name of Joseph Banks first mentions tattooing in his journal stating “I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition.”
But, have you ever wondered how ancient peoples first discovered tattooing? While no one knows for sure, my personal theory is that it stems from what we in the medical profession call “Traumatic Tattoos”, sometimes also referred to as “Natural Tattoos”. These tattoos are the result of skin trauma which leaves a dark material, such as gunpowder, asphalt or soot, under the skin. Once the injury heals, the resulting tattoo is clearly visible. Early peoples undoubtedly noticed this whenever they struck themselves accidentally (or on purpose) with the burnt end of an arrow or stick. The result was a permanent black dot, or primitive tattoo, at the point of entry. Burnt sharpened sticks were later used to intentionally create more elaborate designs and the rest is history.
Fortunately, the PicoSure laser is able to remove traumatic tattoos from patients who have suffered an injury to their skin which left foreign matter clearly visible after the healing process. I have personally removed a number of these injury tattoos with PicoSure. One was caused by a lead pencil to the arm in a fight, one by asphalt from a motorcycle accident and yet another caused by a silver earring that leached metal under the skin. If you have a traumatic tattoo, or a real design you want removed or faded, I can be reached by phone @ 512-479-9997 or just stop by my NEW location in Austin, TX: Austin Medspa on W. 6th St.