Body Work

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This past weekend, the media took note that Michael Phelps and his fellow Olympians have noticeable circular bruises all over their upper bodies.

Is it the result of a kinky Olympic initiation ritual?

It's called cupping. And it's no different than acupuncture, bloodletting, phrenology, or any other medical pseudoscience. The treatment is based in pre-scientific superstitions, and has simply been rebranded to more effectively market the treatment to modern customers.

This athletic "cupping" has nothing to do with covering your balls.

What does cupping do?
Supporters of cupping therapy believe the suction of the cups mobilizes blood flow to promote the healing of a broad range of medical ailments.

Cupping therapy dates back to ancient Egyptian, Chinese, and Middle Eastern cultures. One of the oldest medical textbooks in the world, the Ebers Papyrus, describes how the ancient Egyptians were using cupping therapy in 1,550 B.C.

We prefer the more older, more artful style of marking up the body. Tattoos!

Tattoos have been around since the beginning of human history. The word tattoo is thought to be derived from both the Polynesian “ta” — meaning “to strike” — and the Tahitian “tatau” — meaning “to mark.”

So when and where did the tattoo originate?

The answer may remain a mystery, but scientific evidence proves that tattoos have been a part of human culture for thousands of years.

In 1991, German hikers on the Oztal Alps (near the border between Italy and Austria) discovered the mummified remains of a prehistoric human. Carbon dating would prove that the human, named Ötzi, had been mummified more than 5,300 years ago. While Ötzi was discovered with primitive tools and arrows, his most unique feature was that his body was adorned with no less than 57 tattoos, all the way from his upper neck to his ankles.

Here's a gallery of tattoos we enjoy. Every bruise, every mark, every piercing, every tattoo has its own story. At Bacchus we've got creative minds, we're interested in what you think some of these tattoo stories are. Let us know.

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Trivia Hint: What was the name given to that prehistoric tattooed man found in the Oztal Alps?