Tattoos can be found on people in almost every country in the world. Some people wear these permanent markings to demonstrate style, membership, or identification while others for remembrance or just outright eccentricity. Few however can tell you the history behind this ancient form of body modification. A part of this tale traveled on the arms of sailors from the magical islands of the South Pacific to Europe and beyond. The story of tattoo abolishment and resurgence in this captivating area of the world has many nuances such as cultural identity, religious affiliation, women’s rights and more.