Body Beautiful – Tattoo Mania

Article by Pushpitha Wijesinghe

Summary – Tattooing practiced for centuries in many parts of the world is seeing a comeback among men and women driven in part by wide media coverage, the need for expression and the availability of excellent tattoo artists, new paints and equipment.

Be bold, get a tattoo while on holiday to show off back home. What about a delicate butterfly on your ankle or that ferocious dragon writhing on your shoulder. No longer the privilege of society’s outcasts, tattooing has gone mainstream with many people from teenagers (or even younger) to grandparents getting a discreet or in some cases a not so discreet tattoo. Getting a tattoo has been explained as a way of getting included in a group, a way of changing from childhood to adulthood, making a statement, as a sign of protest, protection against evil, to bring luck, for religious reasons, to gain magical powers and the like. Whatever it is body decoration through tattooing is definitely gaining in popularity among men and women.

Tattooing has been practiced for centuries among many cultures from Japan to North Africa, among the Maori in New Zealand, in Northern Nigeria, among Arab communities in Eastern Turkey, among Polynesian people and is found in every continent. Tattoos are experiencing a comeback with people all over the world looking at tattooing with new eyes. Well trained tattoo artists and the availability of high quality tattoo pigment and improvements to tattoo implements have resulted in the ability to create elaborate designs and to put them on the skin. Popular television shows such as Miami Ink and LA Ink have given a lot of publicity to tattooing and the incorporation of body art into mainstream art exhibitions have all added fuel to a smoldering fire. Tattooing has also become a fad among celebrities with most of them showing off tattoos in interesting places. Now there are tattoo conventions, art shows, tattoo festivals, tattoo related web content, Tattoo Mania games, communities and forums where like minded people can trade design ideas, buy tattoo products and exchange the latest tattoo news.

There are even semi permanent tattoos in the form of stickers and mehndi or henna tattoos that will wash away after a few days.

Koh Samui has several tattoo shops that execute full body tattoos to henna tattoos; all beautiful works of art done using modern equipment and the traditional bamboo stick method. There is even a Tattoo Mania studio in Bophut fisherman’s village run by a French expat who has trained with one of Thailand’s best tattoo artists. A full range of traditional, tribal and modern designs made up to individual specifications are executed here.

Enjoy warm seas, pristine beaches and lush tropical landscapes at Anantara Bophut Koh Samui along with their selection of stylish spacious rooms, suites and villas laid out with the comfort and convenience of guests in mind. Visitors will enjoy relaxing and modern wellness and leisure facilities, a range of dining options to titillate taste buds combined with warm and friendly service to ensure the best Samui resort experience for its many guests. As a well loved Samui hotel guests can look forward to a carefree and enjoyable holiday break.

Pushpitha Wijesinghe is an experienced independent freelance writer. He specializes in providing a wide variety of content and articles related to the travel hospitality industry.










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