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A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. The art of making tattoos is tattooing. Tattoos fall into three broad categories: purely decorative (with no specific meaning); symbolic (with a specific meaning pertinent to the wearer); pictorial (a depiction of a specific person or item). In addition, tattoos can be used for identification such as ear tattoos on livestock as a form of branding.

Tattooing has been practised across the globe since at least Neolithic times, as evidenced by mummified preserved skin, ancient art and the archaeological record. Both ancient art and archaeological finds of possible tattoo tools suggest tattooing was practised by the Upper Palaeolithic period in Europe. However, direct evidence for tattooing on mummified human skin extends only to the 4th millennium BC. The oldest discovery of tattooed human skin to date is found on the body of Ötzi the Iceman, dating to between 3370 and 3100 BC. Other tattooed mummies have been recovered from at least 49 archaeological sites, including locations in Greenland, Alaska, Siberia, Mongolia, western China, Egypt, Sudan, the Philippines and the Andes. These include Amunet, Priestess of the Goddess Hathor from ancient Egypt, multiple mummies from Siberia including the Pazyryk culture of Russia and from several cultures throughout Pre-Columbian South America.

With the long history of tattooing comes modern aftercare products brought to you by Dr Pickles. Dr Pickles Original Formula Tattoo Balm is a combination of natural ingredients formulated specifically to aid in the preservation of body art and healing tattooed skin. Reducing skin dehydration and scab formation will ensure that your healing tattoos result in the best possible appearance. The fruit's medicinal history dates back hundreds of years and with such a diversity of uses, it is no wonder that the rest of the world is fast catching onto the usefulness of this exceptional natural skin treatment, and why Dr Pickles is such a huge success in post-tattoo care.

Made in Brisbane, Queensland using both fresh and fermented Australian pawpaw, coupled with hydrating D-Panthenol, Dr Pickles Original Formula Tattoo Balm is a moisture-rich natural antiseptic that creates the perfect climate for a tattoo to heal and retain its original vibrancy. Dr Pickles is passionate about providing vegan-friendly and cruelty-free products. All of Dr Pickles products are produced cruelty-free and ethically – made by hard-working Australians and they have never, and will never, test on animals.

Dr Pickles works very closely with the tattoo community (they ARE a part of the tattoo community) and are a big supporter of both local and international tattoo expos and conventions, staying up to date with the latest trends and industry standards. Dr Pickles has recently released a product range in the form of 3-in-1 body washes and skin washes - made from premium organically grown and locally sourced hemp oil in two distinctive ranges, both pH balanced and completely sulphate-free. Combined with a peppermint fresh or citrus burst, each combination has its own unique blend leaving the skin, hair and body feeling clean and fresh, invigorated and revitalised.

Dr Pickles combine the timeless knowledge of old world tattoo practices with modern-day healing techniques to deliver the ultimate in tattoo aftercare and everyday skin vitality. Their products are made with the intention to deliver the very best in tattoo, body, hair and skincare.