Indigenous tattoo implements

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Posted by Catherine Cartwright Jones on September 7, 2002 at 02:40:09:

In reply to: homemade tattoo gun posted by chris jaworski on September 7, 2002 at 02:30:22:

I only know about the indigenous tattooing instruments. Some Pacific
Islanders used a shark's tooth, laid into wood, and hammered the ink
into the flesh. It did a marvelous job. Remember to remove it from
the shark first.

In Morocco, a preferred tattoo instrument was the needle used to sew a
shroud. Female facial and body tattooing in Morocco was esquisite.
Remember to detatch corpse and shroud from needle before getting down
to work.

One other traditional method recorded should NOT be used, though its
intention was to do a faster and more effective tattoo. Gunpowder was
laid in neat lines on the client, then the powder was set alight. The
screaming lasted for weeks and was so loud they had to remove the girl
to some distance from the village. No word on the resulting quality
of the tattoo.


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