Ink...this is a form of body modification, yes, but I consider it art. There are so many reasons to get ink put on your body. Ritualistic reasons, expression of personality, rebelling, dedication, etc. I have seen some weird, crazy, disgusting, and with out taste....while on the other hand, I've seen amazing, beautiful, unique, and just plain extraordinary works of art and beauty. For me, my ink is a way of remembering people and celebrating my beliefs.
Olive Oatman was 13 when she traveled with her family to California by wagon. Attacked by Indians who killed all of the family but Olive, her Sister (who later died of starvation) and her Brother (who escaped). Sold to the Mojave tribe as a slave, she was tattooed and taken in as "one of their own". She was rescued 5 yrs later. She married John Fairchild in 1860, moved to Sherman TX where she died in 1903 and was buried in West Hill Cemetery on Lamar St. in Sherman.
Olive Oatman, first tattooed white woman in the U.S.