History And Art Of Tattooing

May 9th, 2012 -- Posted in Celebrity Tattoos | No Comments »

Throughout recorded history we find that humans have the innate desire to adorn themselves and their surroundings. A house isn’t just a house but a home that expresses the inhabitant’s personality. A temple isn’t just a structure for worship but a construction for those who attempt to reach God; just think of the Gothic cathedrals-point up towards the heavens. A car isn’t just a means of transportation but a symbol of power or lack of it. And so it goes.

But tattoos? Being more personal than structures and surroundings, we must look within to understand their popularity.

Tattoos in America:

Not all societies adopt tattoos as means of personal and communal expressions. In many cultures -especially illiterate societies-tattoos carry the visual symbols, icons, and signals of collective consciousness and memories they wish to preserve.

In America, given their popularity today, we can see that tattoos are a continuation of the earlier generations’ symbols of rebellion, of being different, of presenting a contrarian attitude, of the nonconformist.

In place of long hair we now have long nails, body piercing, and tattoos.

Is it a fad? Given that the fad is lasting longer than a decade, we can say perhaps it is more than a fad; may be a much longer wave. Young people imitate stars, celebrities, and other famous achievers. In soccer we see a veteran player like David Beckham sport very visible tattoos on his neck; following Beckham’s example, the young striker Natasha Kai isn’t shy about displaying her countless tattoos. In boxing, tattoos are almost mandatory -perhaps as weapons of intimidation-since most boxers wear them. The fiercer the tattoo the fiercer the appearance of the boxer: just take a close look at Mike Tyson’s face.

Tattoos are bridges between the body and the soul:

For many individuals, tattoos are connectors between material reality and the spiritual realm, much like prayers.

While prayers are somewhat restricted for the most for worshipping, or for matters of extreme dangerous situations, tattoos being fixed and constant are reminders of our aloneness in this world. A glance at them can ameliorate that feeling of dread.

Sometimes it is difficult, if not impossible, to externalize a personal inner quest. A graphic depiction can do that for us as a way of telling others “this is what I am about.”

For many, tattoos concretize their faith in some abstraction. Take for example patriotism, freedom, or love. These human emotions and feelings cannot be properly articulated, but they can be expressed easily with a tattoo of the American flag, the Liberty Bell, or bleeding hearts.

Tats and Aesthetics:

One can make the argument that a tattoo doesn’t have to justify anything-but beauty. Many of the Celtic, butterfly, dragons, flowery, and even weaponry tattoos are so designed and executed that evoke a feeling of awe and admiration.

If a tattoo is well balanced, it is whole, and it has a splendor of its own, then we can say that it is beautiful. Must one have to justify beauty? Of course not, but keep in mind that quality must prevail; if enough quality tattoos are shown, then we are justified in calling this part of aesthetics: “body art.”

Generational Reactions:

While the public in general are tolerant and laissez-faire about tattoos, the generations in power (as in the power to hire, promote, and fire) are less inclined to accept the practice.

Tattoos will be viewed as a vehicle of strangeness in an applicant; a visible sign that the individual may not be a team player, someone difficult to manage. This may not be true, but it is the way of corporate cultures. In fact, I’ve heard a human resources executive denigrate tattoos as “jail art.”

Tats, Sense and Sensitivity:

Common sense tells us to be sensitive to other people’s feelings, history, and culture. Likewise, tattoos should not be worn as to offend others. Political symbols and religious symbols are still taboo in America. Cosmic and zodiac expressions have become universal symbols and are looked on with sympathy.

Conclusion:

Like in any other human endeavors, taste, likes, and dislikes, tattoos have caught the imagination of the younger generations and are here to stay. While some are critical of the practice, most people are tolerant. And instead of looking for the negative, we should look for the positive gains that they (tattoos) can yield to the wearer, and also for the beauty that some of them contain.

Retired. Former investment banker, Columbia University-educated, Vietnam Vet (67-68). For the writing techniques I use, see Mary Duffy’s e-book: Sentence Openers. To read my book reviews of the Classics visit my blog: Writing To Live

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Tattooing Continues To Gain Popularity

May 8th, 2012 -- Posted in Celebrity Tattoos | No Comments »

The art of tattooing has become a very popular career choice and also a hobby over the last few years. While tattoos used to be a taboo thing that not everyone approved of or wanted, they’re now widely accepted in society and people from all walks of life are choosing to have something personal tattooed onto their bodies forever. As to the reason why getting tattoos is suddenly so accepted is debatable: it could be because people have just loosened up in general and are more laid back; because celebrities have made getting tattoos more popular; because there aren’t as many authoritative figures looking down on them; because tattoo removal is becoming more advanced as time goes on, making it not only easier to get a tattoo removed but also cheaper; or perhaps because tattooing supplies have simply become more advanced and thereby create nicer looking tattoos that don’t look so amateur.

 

Tattooing is an art form that has been around for centuries, and the tattooing supplies used have obviously undergone many advancements and improvements.

Centuries ago, when we have evidence of tattoos being done regularly, people received tattoos with pieces of sharpened wood or rocks, and soon, tattoos were being done by people using knives or other pointed objects and then pouring ink into the skin from a pen or other ink source. Obviously, if you were to walk into a tattoo shop now, things look very different. In fact, tattooing has come so far along that shops often look as clean as doctor offices, and they are just as harshly regulated, meaning that tattoo artists have to use tattooing supplies that are up to regulations and guidelines set forth by the government and other regulating organizations. This could be one reason why people feel better about receiving tattoos in general; tattooing is now a much safer procedure than it used to be since artists use tattoo kits that are comprised of safe, clean needles and high quality ink (provided that they buy their tattooing supplies from a trusted source, that is). Artists where gloves and are surrounded by sterilized equipment, ensuring that their customers receive tattoos that are derived from sterile, clean, quality tattoo kits.

 

This ancient art form will probably only continue to grow in popularity, and as long as tattooing supplies remain as they are and don’t revert back to sticks and stone, people will continue to want tattoos.

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