Monday, February 20, 2012
Humankind has always tried to enhance their looks. Therefore, jewelery, clothes and other accessories have been present since time incarnate. One of the oldest ways of decorating oneself known to human kind was the tattoo. Here is a brief history of the tattoo.
Tattoos have been used for all kind of purposes ever since the dawn of time. Over the year/s, they have served as symbols of rights, symbols of rank and seniority or being juniors, symbols of spirituality, devotion, religion, rewards and awards for bravery, amulets, talismans and security. Tattoos were also used as a symbol of punishments, being outcast, slavery and conviction. Tattoos have been one of the most frequently used body arts.
The word tattoo is derived from the Polynesian word, 'tatao', which literally means to tap or to mark someone. The word was coined by Captain James Cook in 1769. The original way of creating tattoos was definitely much more brutal than it is today. A sharp pointed comb would be dipped into lampblack and then moved around on the body. The fad then spread from the Polynesian and Tahitians to the Europeans.
Proof of tattoos being used as long as five thousand years ago has now been uncovered. Modern archeology has found proof of tattoos being used in the Egypt, Roman, Greek and Japanese regions.
Greeks normally used the tattoos to indicate slavery. The Mayas, Incans and the Aztecs are known to use tattoos. Tattoos were sometimes also used as a mark or symbol of belonging to a tribal group or tribe.
Tattoos have had other uses in different regions. Tattoos in Egypt can be found as early as before the Pyramids were made. The Greeks used the tattoos primarily to transmit messages between their spies. The Asian world used tattoos to denote a woman coming of age or her marriage. Japan used tattoos for religious purposes and other ceremonial purposes. Tattoos were also used to induce the sexuality in a person. The tattoos of Japan were prepared by the women of Borneo.
The women of Borneo were the first to use tattoos to denote the status and place in life of the owner of the tattoo
The re-induction of the tattoo to the west was the handiwork of William Dapher. He was a traveler of the South Seas. He introduced a heavily tatooed Prince Giolo to the western world, known as the Painted Prince. His exhibitions later on gave immense popularity to tattoos.A hundred years later, the tattoo became famous in America. The Chatam Studio in New York City is considered to be the birthplace of the American style tattoo. The first tattoo machine in America was patented by Samuel O'Reilly. He had set up shop in the Chatam Studio area, then a haven for working class
rich people. The first machine was based on Edison's electric pen, which punctured paper. With the death of Samuel O'Reilly, it was his apprentince, Charles Wagner took over the business. Wagner teamed with Lew Alberts.
Perhaps the most famous tattoo subject has been the Dragon. There are around three kinds of dragons, which are picked by almost every tattoo artist due to the variety these tattoos give. Furthermore, dragons are universally known and also have a universal appeal.
Dragon tattoos also look very good on the skin as compared to others. Dragon tattoos can be prepared in color as well as black and white. Today, tattoos are used by people of all walks of life. Previously, only people from the working class used to get themselves tattooed. The well heeled crowd would shy away from tattoos.
Previously tattoo parlors were less on hygiene and were one of the major reasons where people could get skin infections or even aids. Today, though, tattoos have become more or less hygienic and offer their clients sufficient safety from skin and other diseases previously attributed to tattoos.
Friday, July 22, 2011
|tStarting with Charlize Theron who has a small flower tattoo an inch above her right pinky toe, this tattoo is simple with some details in the petals and other parts. The tattoo does not draw much attention and is more like a fashion accessory.|
|Music star Rihanna has a very personalized tattoo on her upper right foot. The tatto consists of a small treble clef and another musical note. This foot tattoo is small, simple, and probably with a lot of meaning for the artist.|
|The last foot tattoo here started a lot of trends for girls. Nicole Richie's foot rosary tattoo is a great piece. The tattoo is very detailed and well done to where it is a great part of her look. The beads surrond the ankle and go down the foot where the cross is present. This is a great example of expressing ideals through tattoos and many girls probably followed suit with this trend.|
Monday, July 4, 2011
Sofia Hayat, a Britain-based actor of Pakistani origin, will get a temporary tattoo of the World Cup logo on her back and says she is impressed with the Indian team’s performance in the opening games of the tournament and hopes that they win the cup.
“I wish India wins this World Cup as I love India. Sachin (Tendulkar), Yuvraj (Singh), Virat (Kohli), M.S. Dhoni, Zaheer (Khan) and Suresh Raina are great players. They should win, ” Hayat told.
“I am showing my love and support for team India by getting my back painted and my hair stylist will make Paul the octopus with my hair. Jai Hind!” said Hayat.
Sofia, also a singer and model, is in India to shoot for director Vinod Mukhia’s women-oriented drama “Diary of a Butterfly”.
The origin and the emergence of tribal art and tribal tattoos are interesting topics to explore. The different tribal designs are gaining immense popularity in recent times.
Types of Tribal Tattoos
These Celtic designs are the most popular tribal tattoos that owe their credit to the Celtic art. The design comprises several knots or loops with no starting and ending point. It is associated with the never ending cycle of death and rebirth. Animal tattoo designs like were dragon, lion etc were prevalent in the Celtic tribes.
These tattoos owe their origin to Maoris tribe of New Zealand. The designs were used to depict ones prestige or pride and also the transition from one social status to one another.
Among the North American tribes, the tribal tattoos denoted rank within the tribe. Different types of weapons were tattooed on their skin.
Tattooing had a completely different concept for the Borneo tribes. According to them, they could actually draw energy from the spirits of the tattooed image or creature because they believed that spirits are present in everything surrounding them.
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