1. mark (a part of the body) with an indelible design by inserting pigment into punctures in the skin.
"his cheek was tattooed with a winged fist"
2. make (an indelible design) on a part of the body by inserting pigment into punctures in the skin.
"he has a heart tattooed on his left hand"
3. a design made by tattooing.
"they were muscle-bound men covered in scars and tattoos"
The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian "tatu" which means "to mark something." It is arguably claimed that tattooing has existed since 12,000 years BC.
The first permanent tattoo shop in new york city was settled up in 1846 and began a tradition by tattooing military servicemen from both sides of the civil war. Samuel O'reilly invented the electric tattooing machine in 1891.