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07/08/2014 04:58 pm ET

National Geographic Photographer Explains Why Tattoos Are Popular Across Cultures

ASSOCIATED PRESS

ASPEN, Colo.—Tattooing, when you think about it, is like smiling: Nearly every culture does it, but not always for the same reason.

In a given society, the motivation for covering oneself in paint, ink, or even scars speaks to what the civilization as a whole holds dear. 

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