The original meaning of the tattoo was ritual. In many cultures, only a few – usually tribal warriors – could afford it. In Polynesian cultures, where the tattoo was only allowed after killing the enemy and get his (tattooed) head. Preserved tattoos on ancient mummified human remains reveal that tattooing has been practiced throughout the world for many centuries.The word tattooing comes from the folk environment of the island of Tahiti, where the word means “sign.” It is impossible to know how exactly tattoo art was created. The beginning of tattoo as far as we know began around 40–14 thousand years BC.