Tattoos are as old as dirt. It's a matter of exposure and laws. When we were getting inked NY as most states did not allow someone get ink below the wrist
or above the neck. I know in HS most all of us boys had ink. There was just as much ink in Viet Nam. I come from a very large family, most of whom are NYC firefighters and
Port Athority. Ink was always around. It meant something if it associated you with a group or belief. I've seen more D-cards on guys then I see ink on guys now. Not as elaborate, but the same meaning. I think people get ink now a days for a different reason, sometimes art. But it's all the same. I appreciate tatts a little more for beliefs then art.