Soot tattoo

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Soot tattoos are a cutaneous condition that may be a sign of drug abuse, a condition produced by injections of residual carbon on the needle after flaming of the tip.[1]

Soot tattoo in history[edit]

Soot tattoos are considered the oldest form of tattoos. The 5300 year old body of Tyrolean iceman Ötzi is decorated with simple tattoos, and researchers think they may have served a medicinal purpose, not a decorative one.[2]

Soot tattoos are still used in some countries.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rapini, Ronald P.; Bolognia, Jean L.; Jorizzo, Joseph L. (2007). Dermatology: 2-Volume Set. St. Louis: Mosby. ISBN 1-4160-2999-0. 
  2. ^ World’s oldest tattoos were made of soot