William The Coroner’s Forensic Files

Tuesday, 20, September, 2011

Graduate School #7 Tattoos

Filed under: Forensics,Teaching — williamthecoroner @ 21:59

The history of tattoos. Malignant ones vs. benign ones. The most common tattoo in the world is still Mom.

The various styles and kinds of tattoos, and some tattoo rules (#1 never get a name tattoo unless it’s your child. #2 never get a facial tattoo. #3 don’t get a tattoo in Chinese or Kanji unless you can actually READ Chinese or Kanji. Otherwise you risk getting the Chinese ideogram for “dumbass” tattooed on your skin.


  1. How common is it to have a tattoo be the primary form of ID for the deceased?

    Comment by karrde — Wednesday, 21, September, 2011 @ 14:35 | Reply

    • The primary means of ID is usually the driving license. Tattoos are useful in unidentified folks or in cases of severe decomposition, when the photo won’t do–or in cases where the head is destroyed,

      Comment by williamthecoroner — Wednesday, 21, September, 2011 @ 14:46

  2. I was remembering one of those friend-of-a-friend stories which included ‘they had to use the tattoo to ID the guy’.

    I kinda figured that it didn’t make sense unless the vic had somehow lost his head.

    Comment by karrde — Wednesday, 21, September, 2011 @ 21:58 | Reply

  3. Good advice for the global idiots that have never heard of translation. Love yer blog BTW.

    B.Sc. Geog. U.of C ’92
    Pharm. Tech RDC ’06

    Comment by murgatr — Thursday, 22, September, 2011 @ 10:09 | Reply

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