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Why did sailors get tattoos?

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Sailors in general follow old sea dog traditions of having their bodies tattooed for remembering loved ones, places they have visited and as religious icons.

Although tattooing is an ancient art, Captain Cook and his crew are credited with introducing the art to the civilized world after seeing the body art of Hawaiian and Maori natives emblazoned with many different images.

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