If you think generation X was the first to embrace tattoos you may be surprised to learn that Grandma might be hiding some serious ink. Actually tattoos go back pretty far in human history, taking on different meanings for different cultures. A lot of common tattoo themes like ships, roses and even Betty Boop go back generations. For instance swallow tattoos are popular today among everyone, but originally marked a successful trip for a new sailor.
Check out more inspiring vintage tattoos at Amusing Planet to see where a lot of popular tattoo ideas came from.