Tattoo Designs – An Expression of History and of the Present

We have seen a few people, anywhere we go, who has tattoos on their arm, legs or anywhere in the body. So why do they have these on them? In ancient times, mostly tribe’s use this kind of art to symbol stature in society. The word tattoo was derived from the Tahitian word, tattau which means, mark. In Tahiti, tattoos were used as a rite of passage for men for adulthood and marriage. Tattoos were even used as a sign of criminality in the third century or distinguishing marks of slaves ownership from owners who bought them during that time.

Clans markings, used as a form of identify with regard to rank, tribal history, beauty, eligibility to marry and virility. Some would like to represent it as a love charm, which presently some people do. Heart designs to express love. In Japan, which tattoo is very popular, mostly traditional watercolor paintings; woodcuts and picture books were the basis of the design. Japanese traditional art tattoo art form, is called horimono. In the military, personnel around the world use tattoos to distinguish them from air force, navy or army.

Tattoos are also been used widespread in gangs, fraternities and even social groups to distinguish them as members. Before tattoos were being done by pricking needles manually and place ink onto the skin, now artists use the electronic tattoo machine, thanks to Samuel O’Reilly’s invention. Anywhere you go you see tattoo parlor’s with design galleries on their walls for the customer to view and select the design that might be of big influence.

Tattooing today is the fastest growing retail business in the United States. And middle class suburban women is the fastest growing demographic group seeking this services. Nowadays, from the old ancient designs to the present you see a lot of them being used as tattoo designs. The tattoo design of your choice far reaches your imagination!

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