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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 4:48 am    Post subject: Tattoo marks irremovable Reply with quote

It has often been claimed that tattoo marks
may be removed by pricking over them goat's
milk. This is a mistaken idea. Chemists and
others have for years experimented with vari-
ous preperations in hope of discovering some
agent to wholly remove india ink marks from
the human skin. Nothing, however, has as yet
been found that will remove a portion even of
the objectionable marks. unless, poissble, the
attempt be made immediately following the
tattooing process. At Mount Washington Uni-
versity Hospital, Baltimore, an experiment was
some years ago made in the presence of the
writer upon the forearm of a noted charac-
ter of that city who died there. Before his
death the man granted permission to the stu-
dents of the university to experiment as they
saw fit with his dead body. One of these stu-
dents, curious to learn everything possible con-
nected with the practice of tattooing, cut from
the dead man's arm a strip of skin upon which a
coat of arms appeared. Beneath the skin the
design remained visible. By degrees the flesh
was removed, the design in india ink still re-
maining in sight until finally the bone was
reached. After a thorough sponging for the
purpose of removing the blood and pieces of
flesh remaining it was found that the represen-
tation still appeared. After cutting away a
small section of the bone the india ink mark was
found to have not penetrated beyond.

Taken from the New York Times, December 28, 1890

They have just put their entire back catalog online, and the really early stuff is free to read. I have been spending all day searching for various things, it is pretty entertaining! I think I was born in the wrong century.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

hmmmmm
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now THAT'S a blow out!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have heard the same thing, that old jail guys did. That first you cut/prick wounds in to the tattoo then rub cream in it. That should cause the skin the infect and "push the ink out". Or something like that
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was starting out, the guy I apprenticed under told me about tattooing over a piece you didn't want with goat's milk. He swore it worked. I never saw it but I can only imagine the level of nastiness involved in, essentially, letting milk rot in your skin.

Fuckin' nasty, I say.
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kitten



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tattoos in the 1890's are "the objectionable marks". HA!! How things have changed a century later.

That article is great. I think I was born in the wrong century too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2010 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just love their writing style. I want to incorporate some of that into my writing, but I don't think it would work in my area of work :(
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 2010 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ive heard lemon juice works, i cant imagine that it would but i bet it stings like hell!
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