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Since the dawn of humanity, man has been fascinated and enthralled by fire. Fire is essential to human survival and it's unlikely that will change any time soon. Fire is the visible effect of a chemical reaction known as combustion. Fire is hot because of the conversion between oxygen and carbon dioxide. Flames are the visible parts of fire, with the word originating from Latin's flamma. Flames can be many different colors, which depend on oxygen supply, chemicals involved and temperature. The range of temperatures a flame can be is quite vast, with normal flames as low as 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 3,630 degrees Fahrenheit.

Throughout popular culture, we've seen fire personified throughout literature, film and television. One of the most prominent examples of this is Calcifer of the 2004 Studio Ghibli film, "Howl's Moving Castle." In this film, Calcifer is a fire demon who's the source of the castle's magic and movement. He's voiced by Japanese actor Tatsuya Gashuin for the original, as well as Billy Crystal for the English dub. Another example of fire taking a human-like form on screen is "Adventure Time's" Flame Princess. Flame Princess is the ruler of the Fire Kingdom and best known for briefly dating Finn the Human.

We've curated 50 of our favorite flame and fire tattoos from talented artists around the globe. Take a peek at these pieces in the gallery below and let us know your favorite piece from the bunch in the comments section on social media.