National Tattoo Day

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

July 17 is National Tattoo Day. 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. This ancient form of self-expression has been around for centuries and is here to stay!

History of Tattoos

Learn more about the history and art of tattoos with the resources below.

The Little Book of Knowledge: Tattoos

A Cultural History of Tattoos

Tattoo Nation

Tattoo Uprising

Books and Magazines

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 Art of Tattoo

The Mammoth Book of New Tattoo Art

Tattoo Masters

Tattoo Style

For Kids and Teens

Talk with kids about the meaning behind tattoos and the pros and cons of getting one.

Tell Me A Tattoo Story

Think Before You Ink

Tattoo Artist

Temporary Tattoos

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

DIY Temporary Tattoos

The Everything Girls Ultimate Body Art Book


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

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