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In 1996, the world was changed forever when the Tamagotchi debuted. Tamagotchi was created by Akihiro Yokoi of WiZ and Aki Maita of Bandai. They were first released to Japan by Bandai on November 23rd, 1996 and then later to the rest of the world on May 1st, 1997. For those who don't know, the Tamagotchi is a digital pet that's held in an egg-shaped video game controller with three small buttons. The name is a combination of two Japanese words: tamago which means egg and uotchi which means watch. 

There are a variety of pets available within the Tamagotchi world and some of the most popular are Mametchi, Kuchipatchi and Memetchi. The pets go through a variety of life stages including baby, child, teenager and adult. The senior life stage was also added to later models of the toy. The pets have different meters displayed on the screen to indicate their health and behavior: a hunger meter, happy meter, training meter and discipline meter. 

Throughout the years, over 40 different versions of Tamagotchis have been released and many of these releases were only made available in Japan. As of March 2021, over 83 million Tamagotchi units have been sold worldwide. But this of course doesn't include the hundreds of Tamagotchi tattoos worn by fanatic collectors. Take a look at 75 of our favorite Tamagotchi tattoos from talented artists around the world, then let us know if you had a Tamagotchi in the comments section on social media.