A tattoo is a body modification, made by inserting indelible ink into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. Tattooing has been practiced throughout the world for many centuries. From Japan to North Africa, from Pre-Columbian America to New Zealand, but also in the Ancient Europe, men and women have used tattoos with different purposes.
Since the 1970s, tattoos have become a mainstream part of Western fashion, common among both sexes, to all economic classes, and to age groups from the later teen years to middle age. Nowadays, tattoos are even used as permanent make-up (eye lines, brows and lips) by persons of all ages.
Tattoos are now trendy not only as a body decoration but also as a style of life.