A tattoo was a mark or design that was placed on the skin.
The newly regenerated Third Doctor sported a tattoo on one arm. (TV: Spearhead from Space) This was the convict tattoo mark made by the Time Lords to signify the Doctor was a convict. Similar dragon tattoos were placed on prisoners in Shada; they usually "snapped" when the prisoners were released, (PROSE: Christmas on a Rational Planet) but Grandfather Paradox had cut his own arm off after he was released to be truly certain he was now beyond the control of the Great Houses. (PROSE: The Book of the War) Daniel Joyce appeared to possess such a tattoo. (PROSE: Unnatural History)
Members of the Scarlet Guard had their entire bodies tattooed with diagrams of Hysperon flora and fauna. After their deaths, Scarlet Empresses preserved the tattooed hides and heads of members of the guard and kept them in a gallery near the throne room of the Scarlet Palace. (PROSE: The Scarlet Empress)
The signature emblem of the Corsair was a classical depiction of the mythological Ouroboros, a snake devouring its tail. According to the Eleventh Doctor, they had the emblem tattooed on their body after each regeneration. Without it, the Corsair didn't feel like him/herself. In his last regeneration, the tattoo appeared on the inside of his left forearm. (TV: The Doctor's Wife)
In 2050 June Turner was trapped in a nightmare caused by a Bodach. Jorjie Turner entered the nightmare of her mother. She made June think that she had a tattoo of Darius Pike. This caused June to wake up, which made her and K9 able to defeat the Bodach. When she realised that Jorjie didn't have the tattoo June was relieved. (TV: Dream-Eaters)