Ever wondered why you shall get yourself tattooed?
Let’s get ourselves a little educated about the art of tattoo!!
What is a tattoo?
A tattoo is a form of permanent markings on the skin where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes, and pigments, either permanent or temporary.
The permanent markings on the skin made by way of ink and needles. Once the ink is deposited into the second layer of skin known as the dermis, the wound scabs over and the skin heals to expose a design under the new layer.
And why do we need them?
Tattoos are used as a category of symbol of purity, decorative, meaningfulness. Tattooing has long been a way of ceremonial rites and passages in most cultures throughout the world. Tattoos are worn to mark special events, to pay honor or respect, and even to unite body to body with ash remains that are later inked under the skin. Tattoos tell a story and can be written in any language.
From symbols depicting cultural images to words and font designs, if you dare to dream it, a tattooist can likely create it and tell your tale on a living canvas. To celebrate life, choices, and to pay tribute and memorial to life’s purpose and companions, tattoos have the artful ability to speak volumes. Many people choose to remember those they love and honor traditions and life events with a tattoo. As the saying goes, a picture speaks a thousand words.
Tattoos have a rich history, we are going to take a closer look at how tattoos are viewed in different cultures and just how significant they can be.
In India, Hindus are swarming with symbolism at some point in their lives. These symbols that represent philosophies, teachings and the various gods and goddess are contemporary representatives of a pulsating culture, with more and more people from the western countries adopting them in their lives in some form.
While on the surface, many of these Hindus symbols may seem absurd, they all carry deeper symbolic meanings that are bound to draw attention to the rich cultural lineage of Hinduism. When many people think of India and tattoos, they think of Henna. This is done by staining the hands or legs with henna leaf paste and was commonly done as part of marriage rituals. With the growing pop culture influence, henna has become popular even among non-Indians, and many people choose to have the permanent tattoo version drawn on their hands and feet. While these cultures have embraced or at least acknowledge tattoos, not many other cultures are as open to tattoos, with many people frowning upon them. With that being said, many people still love and get tattoos.
The Buddhist culture is famous for the Mandala tattoos that are usually intricately drawn circles that depict the universe, eternity, and completion. These designs are versatile and can vary from person to person.
The Maori tattoos are some of the most famous designs in the world. From rugby players to regular people, many people from New Zealand have one or more tribal tattoos. These tattoos are called the “Ta Moko” and are drawn on the face for men and on the lips, nostrils, and chin for women. Some people in contemporary culture prefer to have their tattoos drawn on their arms, shoulders, as well as their chest.
In the Samoan culture, tattoos differ in design from men to women. Men’s tattoos are symmetrical and chunky, with several blocks and lines being drawn on their bodies from their knees to their waist. Theses tattoos are called “pe’a.” Women have their tattoos drawn in from below their knees to the upper thigh and their designs are called “malu,” these tend to be more intricate than those of the men. Tattoos in Samoa are given using just plain black ink with special handmade tools.
The United States of America
From Hawaii to the Native Americans, tattoos in America do not just represent the pop culture or alternative rebellion culture. Many Native Americans favor the dream catcher tattoo to ward off nightmares, and other American cultures have gods and animals among other designs. For many other Americans, tattoos can represent a variety of things that include self-expression and patriotism. Many people love the art form and have made a good living giving tattoos to people who admire them.
Tattoos have always had an important role in ritual and tradition. In Borneo, women tattooed their symbols on their forearm indicating their particular skill. If a woman wore a symbol indicating she was a skilled weaver, her status as prime marriageable material was increased.
Tattoos around the wrist and fingers were believed to ward away illness. Throughout history tattoos have signified membership in a clan or society. Tattooing has been practiced across the globe since at least Neolithic times, as evidenced by mummified preserved skin, ancient art and the archaeological record. Both ancient art and archaeological finds of possible tattoo tools suggest tattooing was practiced by the Upper Paleolithic period in Europe.
People get tattoos for many reasons: for attention, self-expression, artistic freedom, rebellion, a visual display of a personal narrative, reminders of spiritual/cultural traditions, identification of a group, societies & siblings.
In recent years tattoos, in general, have become more and more popular. People get a tattoo for different reasons. Some people get them for art or as a memorial. Some get them as a way to express their personality and passions and some get them just because they want to look attractive. No matter what your reasoning, tattoos are a personal thing and a great way to celebrate your individuality.
Tattoos continue to grow in popularity as a method of self-expression. It is also anticipated that tattoos will be used increasingly for medical and non-medical cosmetic applications. For example, tattoos can be used to obscure the reddish-purple birthmarks known as “port-wine” stains. Tattooing is also being used to create permanent makeup, such as eyeliner or blush, for burned or disfigured victims, covering baldness, etc.
Tattoo Elysium is different by design. At its inception, we created an environment that welcomes everyone.
So what you’re thinking, go ahead and book an appointment with Tattoo Elysium.