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Body Art

Sometimes, the best accessory is one you wear on your own skin. If you've ever been inspired by a design featured on "L.A. Ink", we’ve got all the details you need to make the ink your own. Get a peek at the ink celebs are sporting.

History of Tattooing

The oldest examples of tattooing yet found were discovered on a corpse dating back to 3300 BC. Learn about this and more in this history of tattooing.

The History of Makeup Is Surprisingly Elitist

For centuries, cosmetics were markers of social standing. Delve into the history of makeup around the world at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could Your Tattoos Camouflage Skin Cancer?

Learn more about spotting cancerous moles when you're sporting tattoos at HowStuffWorks Now. See more »

Swiss Startup Wants to Tattoo You With Ink Made from a Loved One's Hair

Swiss company SKin46 wants to create tattoo ink out of human hair. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article. See more »

5 Bizarre Good Luck Charms

Sometimes we all need a little help to get the things we want. Learn about five bizarre good luck charms at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can a full coat of body paint kill you?

Models, cosplayers and artists often wear head-to-toe body paint. But can that be deadly? Get the answer at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you get a glow-in-the-dark tattoo?

Now you see it, now you don't. Find out how a tattoo can go from invisible to visible with the flick of a light switch at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do tattoos have a smell?

Have you ever wondered if tattoos have a smell? Get the answer to this question at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do tongue tattoos affect your sense of taste?

Yes, your tongue can be tattooed. Once you've digested that, find out if your food still tastes the same with an inked tongue at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Transdermal Implants Work

You've heard of tattoos and tongue rings, but transdermal implants take body modification to a new level. Learn about transdermals at HowStuffWorks. See more »

How Tongue Splitting Works

Tongue splitting is the process of splitting your tongue down the middle lengthwise. Explore tongue splitting history, process and health information. See more »