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History of Tattoos

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Snapbacks and Tattoos: One of the two have been around since the 1700s. Can you guess which one? Well, Rover isn’t inked up, yet, but here’s some history behind this long standing artform.

Tattooing can be dated back as early as 4000 B.C. Whether simple or elaborate, tattoos can be representative of declarations of love, accomplishments, and even punishment. An iceman from 3300 B.C. had 57 separate tattoos, one being a cross on the inside of his left knee. Tattoos were used as a huge form of expression in many ancient civilizations.

In the 1700s, Captain James Cook traveled between England and the South Pacific. He and his crew discovered many indigenous people with tattoos (Tattoo originally came from the Tahitian word, tatau). Between his many trips back and forth, the crew came back with tattoos themselves. Over time, tattooing spread among the upper classes of Europe. And the rest is history…

So go ahead, show off your hats, show off your tatts, and check out RoverTown for the sweet discounts Rover dug up in your town.

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Valentine’s Day

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During the third century in Rome, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men would be better utilized as soldiers than husbands or fathers. So basically, all the single ladies–remained single ladies.

Saint Valentine defied Claudius and performed the marriages of young people, in secret. Of course, secrets don’t remain secrets all that long. Valentine was put to death for his actions.

It wasn’t until the end of the 5th century, that February 14th was declared as St. Valentine’s Day and associated with love. The most over-the-top gift of love is the Taj Mahal in India. Mughal Emperor Shahjahan built it as a memorial to his wife. If you can’t give a Taj Mahal to your Valentine this year, check out RoverTown for sweet Valentine’s Day discounts!

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