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Tattoo and its beginnings


Having a tattoo in any part of your body seems to be a lot more acceptable in the society today than before. People used to think that tattoos are only seen in the bodies of criminals and the likes. But now, it has even become an accessory to some people. 

By using  needles and ink, a tattoo is a kind of art that is engraved in the skin permanently. The word tattoo comes from the Tahitian word “tatua”. This means “to mark.” Despite the fact that tattooing have been practised for hundreds of years by people of various cultures, it has gained social acceptance everywhere just recently. 

Tattooing eye-catching illustrations to the skin has been a widely known practice since the ancient times. Throughout the centuries, various types of tattoo art have been put into practice by a lot of diverse world cultures. One example is of the Japanese culture. Around 500 B.C., they started using tattoos for cosmetic and religious purposes. They even used it as a punishment for criminals by branding them. This method by the Japanese involved piercing the skin of the individual with fine metal needles in order to craft designs with different colors. In addition, the Eskimo tribes also established their own technique by using bone needles in order to draw the soot-covered thread through the skin. 

Over the last 200 years, the art of tattooing kept on growing. In the nineteenth century, this said fame caught the attention of the upper class men of England. One example is Lady Randolph Churchill, mother of Winston Churchill, who had a snake tattoo on her wrist. In the United States, tattoos have been linked to prison inmates, sailors, and motorcyclists because before, tattoo shops were thought to be dangerous and socially unacceptable. But this type of perception has greatly changed since the 1980s. Tattoos are already becoming popular to men and women of all ages all over the world.  

“Flash” is what you call a tattoo design.  It can be made up of any type of artwork ranging from the simplest symbols or letters to thorough sketches and cartoons. Flash can be composed with different colors. Tattoo parlours show a large variety of flash on their walls with the larger ones having approximately 10,000 to choose from. Also, clients may carry with them their own preferable design or they can work with the tattoo artist to develop custom flash. 

Always bear in mind that whenever you choose a tattoo design you must consult with the artist to know a suitable size and placement for the tattoo. The artist can also give you aid in deciding which color schemes to use that will determine the price of the final art. Caring for your tattoo is a must and that is why there is a need to conduct a research whether your tattoo parlour follows the guidelines that were set by the Association of Professional Tattooists (APT). 

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  • Matthew Nelson