In Scandinavia, broadly speaking, tattooing as we know it today started in Copenhagen at the end of the 19th century, specifically in the harbour of Nyhavn, adjacent to the square of Kongens Nytorv. This is where, for more than a century, mariners, ladies of the night and drunken Swedes had little nautical motifs marked into their skin by the tattoo artist’s spinning machine. After the 2nd World War tattooing became more widespread, with more and more people getting tattooed. But it was not until the 1980s that the motifs “left behind” the sailor, starting to resemble more what we would recognise today.


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