Celebrate National Tattoo Day

July 17 is National Tattoo Day. Celebrate by learning more about this ancient form of self-expression, opens a new window.

“Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.” —Jack London

Once considered taboo, a 2018 survey found that 46 percent of people in the U.S. have a least one tattoo, opens a new window. Learn more about the history and art of tattoos with the resources below:

Check out the DVD for this 2016 film on the history of the ink revolution or instantly stream it with Kanopy, opens a new window.

 Tattoo Nation

Find inspiration for a new tattoo (just make sure it's spelled correctly!, opens a new window) with one of these books:

The Tattoo Dictionary

The Mammoth Book of New Tattoo Art

Tattoo Masters

Talk with kids about the meaning behind tattoos.

Tell Me A Tattoo Story

Not ready to commit to the real deal, but still love the look? We've got you covered!

DIY Temporary Tattoos

Do you have a tattoo? Tell us about it in the comments!

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