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We have noticed that some shops in Malaysia claim that they are our branches. Please take note that we do not have any branches nor do we have any dealings with people tattooing by the roadside during any festivities. If you want us to do your tattoo, please take the following precautions to avoid ending up being tattooed by these unscrupulous people:

1) Take note that the name of our shop is Tattoo City Art Studio. Ask to see our licence. (Contact Us)

2) Print out a copy of our map to ensure that you can easily find our shop.

3) Ask to see our autoclave. The shops claiming to be our branches do not autoclave their reusables.
Quotable quotes on tattoos

1) A good tattoo ain't cheap, a cheap tattoo ain't good - author unknown

2) The bitterness of a poor quality tattoo remains long after the sweetness of the low price is forgotten - author unknown

3) The world is divided into two kinds of people: those who have tattoos, and those who are afraid of people with tattoos - author unknown

4) Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past. ~Jack London

5) What is the difference between a tattoo artist and a con artist? A tattoo artist quotes you what he is worth and a con artist quotes you a very negotiable price - author unknown

6) Not one great country can be named, from the polar regions in the north to New Zealand in the south, in which the aborigines do not tattoo themselves. Charles Darwin

7) Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful. Pamela Anderson

Tattoo Facts & History
  1. The 5th century BC Greek historian, Herodotus, records how Histiaeus of Miletus, who was being held against his will by King Darius of Susa, sent a tattooed secret message to his son-in-law, Aristagoras. Histiaeus shaved the hair of his slave and tattooed the message on to the man's head. When the slave's hair had grown back sufficiently to hide the tattoo, he was sent to Aristagoras, who shaved his head and read the hidden message. The message instructed Aristagoras to begin a rebellion.

  2. The world's most tattooed person is Tom Leppard from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, who has 99.9 per cent of his body covered with a leopard-skin design. Guinness Book of World Records states that the only parts of Tom's body that remain untattooed are the skin between his toes and the insides of his ears.

  3. In October 1991, the 5200 year-old frozen body of a Bronze Age hunter was found in the Italian Austrian border. His body bore a total of 57 tattoos. The body, nicknamed Özti, the iceman, was found in a glacier and was so well preserved that scientists were able to make out his tattoos. These included a cross on the inside of the left knee, six straight lines 15 cm above the kidneys and a series of parallel lines on the ankles. The position of the tattoos has caused some to speculate that the man had his body marked for therapeutic reasons, because many of the marks correspond to the position of acupuncture points.

  4. The word 'tattoo' is derived from the Tahitian word 'tatau', meaning to mark. The word 'tattaw' was first used in the published account of Captain Cook's first voyage, which appeared in 1769. It has been suggested that 'tatau' is an onomatopoeic word. 'Tat' refers to tapping the tattooing instrument into the skin; 'au' to the cry of pain from the person being tattooed.

  5. According to popular belief, most triad members in Hong Kong have a tattoo of a black dragon on the left biceps and one of a white tiger on the right. In fact, many people in Hong Kong use "left a black dragon, right a white tiger" as a euphemism for a triad member. It is widely believed that one of the initiation rites in becoming a triad member is silently withstanding the pain of receiving a large tattoo in one sitting, usually performed in the traditional "hand-poked" style.

  6. In the late-18th and early-19th centuries collecting tattooed Maori heads became so popular in Europe that many Maoris were murdered to supply the trade. The Maori people in New Zealand tattooed their heads (moko) and buttocks by chiselling a design into the skin and rubbing ink into it. If one of their chiefs died, they would remove and preserve the tattooed head, keeping it as a treasured possession. Europeans considered these heads to be curiosities and before long a trade sprang up, with the Maori exchanging heads for firearms. Soon the Maori began to trade the heads of their enemies killed in battle, but when demand started to exceed supply, men began to be murdered in cold blood for their tattoos. In some cases, slaves were tattooed so that their heads could be cut off and sold. In 1831 Governor Darling of New South Wales took steps to outlaw the practice.

  7. Winston Churchill's mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, had a snake tattooed on her wrist. It became fashionable in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for aristocrats, including women, to be tattooed. At the time, tattooing was very expensive and people paid large sums for their designs. Later, as the costs were reduced, tattooing was adopted by the lower classes and the practice fell out of favour with the social elite. The strategic positioning of Lady Churchill's tattoo meant that she could choose not to display it by wearing a bracelet to cover it.

  8. This is the most famous tattoo in Chinese history. (Click to view). According to legend, Yue Fei was a famous general in the Song Dynystry. When he served under a Field Marshal defending the enemy from the North, The Field Marshal defected to the enemy. Disgusted, Yue Fei resigned and returned home to care for his mother. His mother was very upset, and reminded him that a soldier's first duty is loyalty to his country. To ensure that her advice will never be forgotten, she tattooed the 4 words on his back with her sewing needle! Yue Fei went back and led another army to defend the country. The first word, from the left, means the most, the ultimate. The second word means loyalty. The third word means to serve. The fourth word means country.

  9. In ancient Africa, where people have dark skin, it is difficult to make coloured tattoos that we know of. So they have developed a technique where they make scarifications by lifting the skin a little, and making a cut with a knife or some other sharp object. Then special sands or ashes were rubbed in to make raised scars in patterns on the body, it can be felt like braille lettering, and these patterns often follow local traditions.
We are trying to compile a more comprehensive list of tattoo facts and history, so if you come across any that are worth mentioning, please do not hesitate to inform us at mail@tattoocity.com.my.
 
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