The Celts dominated Europe during medieval times of Europe around the time of the Iron Age (c 800-400 BC). Most history of the culture came through Roman accounts as the two nations warred over control of the continent. It is in these accounts of fierce tattooed warriors identified as Celts or Gauls that struck fear in their enemies.
Archaeologists have found evidence of tattoos dating back to the bronze age, 5 thousand years ago. However, the first recorded use of the word comes from the 1700’s as explorer Captain James Cook travelled around Polynesia. These tribal tattoos are still seen today not only in Polynesian countries but across all cultures.