Popular tattoos 5,000 years ago were sheep


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/03/13/popular-tattoos-5000-years-ag.html


#2

Or they could be the ancient Egyptian equivalent of…

Wait, no, that’s the Welsh.


#3

As a big game hunter I take exception with their use of the term “bull”:

Male barbary sheep are RAMS, while female barbary sheep are EWES.


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#5

Rule 34…


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Two different animals, two different tattoos:

…a barbary sheep and a bull for his upper right arm. While a sheep might not seem particularly fierce…The bull is a more obvious symbol…


#7

Randall Munroe was right all along…


#8

Well then. Good thing he didn’t shout “Baah Ram Ewe”…


#9

As long as we are continuing the ancient and proud English tradition of calling the celtic peoples sheep lovers…

What is the difference between a Scotsman and the Rolling Stones?

The Stones are all, “Hey you, get off my cloud” and the Scotsman is all, “Hey McCloud get off my Ewe!”


#10

Still popular!


#11

Yeah, we fuck 'em you eat 'em. Enjoy. :joy:


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Popular tattoos 5,000 years ago were sheep

Isn’t a sample size of one (1) a little thin to be making sweeping statements on?

Or [genuine question for the statisticians out there] is it legitimate to infer that sheep tattoos were actually popular because the only example we have includes a sheep, and therefore sheep must have been common/popular for this random example to have had one? Is that generalise-able for all small (but truly random) sample sets, or only the really old ones?


#13

I have nothing truly constructive to add.


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Or both the sheep and the S tattoos are meaningless and just happened to be included in the local artist’s sale on flash art.


#15

Yep, I can tell that’s a sheep. Totally looks like a healthy, normal sheep.


#16

Oh, they were that band that released “Tattoo Ewe”, right?


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“You see that barn? I built that barn with me own two hands, a finer piece of work you’ll never find, but do they call me Angus the barn-builder? No!!”

“See those thatched cottages in the village? I thatched those roofs with my own hands, but do they call me Angus the thatcher? No!!”

“But you fuck one sheep…”


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Husbandry
Oglaf (usually NSFW)


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