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Stalin, Nicholas II and 5 other historical figures who had tattoos

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Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny
Gaston de Persigny - Reporter at The European Times News

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Today teenagers, adults, even the elderly want to decorate their bodies with tattoos – but this was not always the case. Until the end of the 20th century, body drawings were common among prisoners or employees, but not among ordinary people. It was almost impossible to see a tattoo on a popular writer or politician. Rambler brought together seven historical figures who hid tattoos under their clothes.

Nicholas II

Where and what: dragon and name on hand, sword on chest

At the end of the 19th century, the future emperor visited several countries to strengthen international relations. Nicholas II liked Japan so much that he got a tattoo depicting a dragon in memory of the trip. Such a drawing is popular in the culture of the Land of the Rising Sun: a fictional creature symbolizes happiness and wealth. Later, the emperor made two more drawings for himself, but at home – a sword on his chest and the name of his wife Alexandra Feodorovna on his arm.

George Orwell

Where and what: knuckle circles

The author of the dystopia “1984” also had drawings on the body. From 1922 to 1927, the writer served with the Colonial Police in Burma in Southeast Asia. There he made blue circles on his knuckles – according to local legends, such a pattern protected from illness and injury.

Joseph Stalin

Where and what: skull on chest

In his youth, the Soviet politician was imprisoned several times, and once Stalin was even exiled to Siberian exile. In captivity, Joseph Vissarionovich acquired a drawing on his chest – a blue grinning skull. It is surprising that the portrait of Stalin on the chest would become a popular design in Soviet prisons. The prisoners believed that he would save them from being shot – no one would dare to aim at the Soviet leader.

Thomas Edison

Where and what: stripes on the body

An American inventor in 1876 invented an electric pen based on a needle and ink. The entrepreneur envisioned the pen to help small businesses make multiple stencils, but the idea didn’t catch on. The pen was later reworked into what became the first ever tattoo machine. And Edison himself, for the sake of experiment, applied ink to his skin – squares and stripes were obtained.

Winston Churchill

Where and what: anchor on the shoulder

The British leader made the drawing, probably for the sake of beauty: Churchill himself never served at sea. For him, the drawing symbolized the search for support and a home. By the way, the love for drawings on the body was “passed on” by inheritance: Churchill’s mother had a tattoo in the form of a snake.

Prince Charles

Where and what: unknown, tattoo removed

This is probably just a rumor – they say that the heir to the British throne and the son of Elizabeth II made himself some kind of tattoo while serving in the army. The drawing was removed from the body before the wedding with Princess Diana, f its place and meaning are carefully hidden.

Theodore Roosevelt

Where and what: coat of arms on the chest

The 26th President of the United States had a tattoo on his chest depicting the family coat of arms – three roses framed by red and white feathers.

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