If you have a tattoo, you’re part of a rich cultural history that dates back at least 8,000 years.
For thousands of years tattoo artists created their own tools and used what was at hand. Shaping and polishing the art of creating lifelong images and symbols on the human body.
In all those years functions of tattoos changed a lot over time. From cultural symbols among many tribal populations to penalizing slaves, criminals and prisoners of war. And from warriors, sailors and criminal groups who show joint believes, to tattooing for spiritual, decorative purposes.
The new tattoo era
When in 1891 the first tattoo machine was patented by Samuel F. O’Reilley. Tattoos became more and more popular by the ‘common people’. Funny fact is that this first tattoo machine was actually a modification of a machine designed for autographic printing, first patented by Thomas Alva Edison in 1876.
Traditional coil machines are increasingly being replaced with rotary devices driven by small electric motors. These models make it easier to draw fine lines. They are also lighter and much less noisy than earlier models. The motors created by maxon are regarded as the measure of all things. Tattoo machine builders worldwide like to list the “Swiss motor” by maxon in their specifications. It is synonymous with longevity and reliability, very important factors for tattoo artists who use their tools daily and demand that they perform reliably for many years. Despite tattoos becoming more and more common. There will always be a kind of magic, taboo and mystery around tattoos. Tattoos are a way of presenting yourself. This can be done highly visible or only known to yourself. Not only giving you the opportunity to speak out, but also to cherish special moments in silence.