The barcode tattooss, derive directly from the product identification system, patented in 1952, used today mainly for price surveys. Such a system began to be popularly disseminated in the 1970s.
When used in tattoos, barcodes are part of the symbolism that each person is unique and also of the use of the human being as a product, having an ironic and protesting application against the popular culture of materialism.
Fans and supporters of punk music have adopted the barcode as a tattoo, along with the symbol of anarchy.
Barcode Tattoos became very popular in literature and cinema, referring mainly to a way of cataloging human beings and became even more popular with the movie Twelve Monkeys and the game Hitman.