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    Not sure if there is any hard evidence linked here http://www.vikinganswerlady.com/viktatoo.shtml

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    Depends how ancient you mean:

    oetzi, the 5300 year old icemummy from the alps had tattooes along the socalled acupuncture lines:

    http://http://www.acupuncturetoday.c...e.php?id=27608

    Also Celts and Picts were tattooed:

    http://http://www.vanishingtattoo.co...h_tattoos.html

    So it seems logical by association that germanic people had tattooes too
    Last edited by Ocko; Saturday, January 9th, 2010 at 04:40 PM. Reason: just because I wanted

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    "Early Iron Age tattooing equipment"

    (National Museum of Antiquities, Stockholm.)

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    Ouch!

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    People think they hurt now adays.. id like to see them get one or two done with those

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    Tattooing seems to be practised across several IE branches, although it should be interesting to determine whether this represents a common inheritance or a later diffusion from one group to the others or perhaps even from an earlier outside source, such as non-IE Europeans.

    One could say that apart from decoration they also had medicinal-magical purposes, such as protecting the arm of a warrior, but it is not necessarily true that these things were thought of as disconnected.

    In any case, tattoos tell stories about those who choose to wear them. Since people of quality were heavily discouraged from wearing them in recent centuries, it is inevitable that the practice has acquired a negative connotation. This judgment is not true in all cases, though. For example, I would not think less of a woman who looks like this:


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    In any case, tattoos tell stories about those who choose to wear them. Since people of quality were heavily discouraged from wearing them in recent centuries, it is inevitable that the practice has acquired a negative connotation. This judgment is not true in all cases, though. For example, I would not think less of a woman who looks like this:
    I agree with that 100%. The only way for me to think less of a person who has a tattoo(s) is through their actions and personality. Just because someone has a tattoo doesnt mean they are going to rob you or whatever behaviour people associate with them.

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    My point is that tattoos can reveal a part of the personality of people and perhaps more reliably so than the mere fact that they have them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hauke Haien View Post
    My point is that tattoos can reveal a part of the personality of people and perhaps more reliably so than the mere fact that they have them.
    Certainly so in a day and age where it has become almost trendy to have one. If I see someone with a meaningful, perhaps mythologically-based drawing I am bound to immediately have a better first impression of that person than if they have an Arschgeweih, i.e. one of those ugly, already-gone-out-of-trend antler-tribals just above their buttocks.
    -In kalte Schatten versunken... /Germaniens Volk erstarrt / Gefroren von Lügen / In denen die Welt verharrt-
    -Die alte Seele trauernd und verlassen / Verblassend in einer erklärbaren Welt / Schwebend in einem Dunst der Wehmut / Ein Schrei der nur unmerklich gellt-
    -Auch ich verspüre Demut / Vor dem alten Geiste der Ahnen / Wird es mir vergönnt sein / Gen Walhalla aufzufahren?-

    (Heimdalls Wacht, In kalte Schatten versunken, stanzas 4-6)

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    Half Norman half English historian William of Malmesbury writes that Englishmen of his time were tattooed. In his record of the battle of Hastings (probably taken from first hand accounts of both English and Norman combatants) he says:

    'The English at that time wore short garments, reaching to the mid-knee; they had their hair cropped, their beards shaven, their arms laden with gold bracelets, their skin adorned with tattooed designs.'

    He mentions tattoos again when in the battle's aftermath the lover of King Harold can only identify his headless body by the tattoos on his chest.

    Though there is no mention of the actual designs i guess they would be similar to the Hiberno-Saxon animal art found in manuscripts and metalwork.

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