51 Amazing Vintage Tattoo Photos

Published February 28, 2017
Updated January 16, 2019

Check out some astounding vintage tattoos in this collection of history's coolest photographs of people displaying their ink.

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We know for a fact that humans have been tattooing themselves for at least 5,200 years (the discovery of Iceman Otzi and his 61 tattoos from 3250 BC proved as much).

Since then, body art has been used to denote faith, class, fashion, patriotism, and everything in between. The styles have changed with the decades -- as have the procedural methods, thank God -- but the most important thing about getting inked has remained constant: It looks really cool.

Above, you'll find 51 photos of vintage tattoos that help represent the world's most personal art form.

Intrigued by this look at vintage tattoos? Next, can you read these tattoo history facts without wanting to get inked? Then, check out these quirky traits about your favorite artists.