Tattoo on human skin
Skin taken from an executed criminal, France, 1850-1900
Tattooing is one of the oldest forms of body art. In the 19th
century, many French sailors returned from voyages in the South
Pacific with elaborate tattoos. In 1861, Maurice Berchon, a French
naval surgeon, published a study on tattooing and its subsequent
medical complications. As a result, the Navy and Army attempted to
ban tattooing within their ranks.