Gothic tattoos are an important part of the Goth look – representing that special brand of subculture that developed simultaneously in both Europe and the United States in the late 1970s. Contrary to what some people think, Goths are not morbidly fascinated with death or the occult – but they do tend to be highly creative, artistic people with a strong intellectual bent. Gothic tattoos and tattoo designs reflect this tendency. Though many different designs could be – and are – considered Goth, it is certainly true that Gothic tattoos form a category all their own. A certain style of body modification – instantly recognizable when you see it – complements that Goth style of dress. Tattoos are only one part of this; multiple piercings are just as characteristic.