Before Ed Hardy and even Sailor Jerry, there were
a couple of guys who are widely considered the forefathers of American nTattooing– August “Cap” Coleman, and the youngling he heavily influenced and
mentored, Franklin Paul Rogers.
In 1920, archaeologists in Peru unearthed tattooed mummies dating from the
11th Century AD. Not much is known about the significance of tattooing within
the culture of pre-Incan peoples like the Chimú who tattooed, but the elaborate
nature of the designs suggests that tattooing underwent a long period of
development during the pre-Inca period.