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What makes tattoos permanent? - Claudia Aguirre

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The earliest recorded tattoo was found on a Peruvian mummy in 6,000 BC. That’s some old ink! And considering humans lose roughly 40,000 skin cells per hour, how do these markings last? Claudia Aguirre details the different methods, machines and macrophages (you’ll see) that go into making tattoos stand the test of time.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Claudia Aguirre
  • Director Hector Herrera
  • Producer Pazit Cahlon
  • Script Editor Alex Gendler
  • Narrator Addison Anderson

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