Religious/culture – act as protective and empowering talismans for the wearer. In places like Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the yantra tattoo is used for protection against evil and to increase luck.
Fashion - Body art makes a statement about the self, and these skin designs serve some of the same functions that other kinds of body painting do in primitive cultures. Previously tattoos were crude images of death, animals, pinup women or military designs but now, science fiction themes, Japanese symbolism, and tribal designs which serve as a fashion statement
Separates group members from non members - Tattoos have always been used as a means to identify members with particular gangs. Members use tattoos for several reasons. Some members will have numerous tattoos, particularly if they have spent time in prison. These tattoos may include one or more symbols that has been adopted as something unique to identify it’s members
indicate high status or rank – to symbolize their belonging to or identification with particular groups, including criminal gangs but also a particular ethnic group or law-abiding subculture. Most traditional tattooing in the Philippines is related to the wearer's accomplishments in life or their rank in the tribe.
Artistic - On the other hand, tattoos for non-traditional purposes have become more prevalent throughout the world, in North America in particular. Pop culture portrays tattooing as an art form through popular television shows like LA Ink and Miami Ink. Well-known celebrities with tattoos...