Before You Get A Tattoo, Watch This Video

This popular tradition has a deep and complex history.

If you have a tattoo, or are thinking about getting one, you're about to join a history that dates back nearly 8,000 years.

According TED-Ed, tattooed mummies are evidence that this has been going on for a long time, and — without laser removal — they do last forever.

From criminals and outcasts in Japan to the Jews of Auschwitz, tattoos have weaved their way into all sorts of cultures and associations. So before you go and get one, make sure to watch the video and get some context.

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