The tattooist guides the machine over the skin and controls its speed. The procedure involves a variable amount of pain and a small amount of bleeding. It can take several hours depending on the size of the tattoo. The site of application usually takes 7 to 10 days to heal. Those considering an intradermal tattoo should also remember that it is 'permanent' and removal can involve painful surgery or dermabrasion and possible scarring.
It was from Egypt that the tattooing art traveled across the world, to appear, disappear and reappear throughout recorded history. Egypt of the third and fourth dynasties-when the great pyramids of Gizeh were built between 2800 and 2600 B.C.-was in communication with Crete, Greece, Persia, and Arabia. By 2000 B.C. the art had spread across Southern Asia as far as that part of China which lies south of the Yangtze Kiang. The Ainu people, a migrant race from Western Asia, must have adopted it very early, because when they crossed the sea to Japan tattooing was highly developed among them and considered a divine gif