Cliché though it may be (suggested by old
films that romanticize war), I picture a lonely soldier stumbling back to his
barracks, being comforted by the image or name of his girl-back-home on his arm
or chest. From the Dutch ‘taptoe’ or Tahitian ‘tatau’ comes this evocative
word. Tattooing as an amazing art form dates back to the Neolithic Period. Thank you, Betsy H.