People have been tattooing their bodies for thousands of years, with some of the earliest evidence of tattooing dating back to the Neolithic times. Designs were often elaborate and extensive, although it is thought that the move away from paganism led to the decline in tattoos and even their prohibition.

They became popular amongst seamen in the 18th century when Captain James Cooks’ men would come home from voyages sporting tattoos from far-flung places. The practice spread and by the 19th century, even members of the gentry were choosing to have the indelible designs inked into their skin. Winston Churchill apparently had an anchor on his forearm.

Today, tattoos have become much more commonplace. Recent years have seen them become accessories sported by celebrities and sports stars, with trends in extensive designs covering large areas of skin. It has also become popular to have partners’ names or images tattooed in visible places.

Unfortunately, the increase in demand for tattoos has also led to a rise in demand for tattoo removal. While some creams claim to be effective, the most effective treatment involves the use of lasers. The heat from the light causes the pigments in the ink to break up, allowing the body to disperse the tattoo safely.