The History of Tattoos and Body Piercings

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The History of Tattoos and Body Piercing
To some tattoos are forms of expression of ones personality. Tattoos are as diverse as the people who wear them. The past of tattoos has been dated back 5000 years ago. Now tattoos are a must see attraction all around the world. In some cultures tattoos are a form of symbolism, others are traditions. The word tattoo comes from the Samoan word “tatau” which means to mark, and the Polynesian word “ta” which means to strike something. The prime organ in the multipart human being body is the skin. Some people wish to articulate themselves through decorating their skin with tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art. It's true origin, symbolism, variety, and modern day versions go more then just skin deep.

The prime organ in the multipart human being body is the skin. Some people wish to articulate themselves through decorating their skin with tattoos, piercings and other forms of body art. It's true origin, symbolism, variety, and modern day versions go more then just skin deep. The first tattoo known to man was discovered on Otzi, addressed as the Iceman, in 1991. However, Otzi himself dates back to over 4,000 B.C. Fifty-eight overall tattoos were found on Otzi, made up merely of simple dots and lines. No actual symbolism could be made out of these designs. Nevertheless, scientists have move toward a assumption that these tattoos were part of a therapeutic or sacred healing process.

The procedure of early age tattooing was lengthy and excruciating. Some of the former utensils used in tattooing were concocted out of bones, stones, or wood. There were generally two types of utensils used in the procedure of creating most tribal tattoos: a small rake-like shaped utensil, and another simple stick with a horizontal surface. The rake-shaped device was used to make the blueprint of the tattoo. It would initially be dipped into its ink or dye, and then punctured into the skin by being tapped by the flat tool. Other procedures consisted of scratching the skin and then rubbing in the ink.

One of the most primitive tattoos was tribal tattoos. This way there were tattoos that differed by culture. Tribes would have for certain meanings and expression. Polynesian tattooing was one of the most original and artistic tattooing of ancient times. It consisted of very stylish, extremely detailed geometrical designs. The Polynesian people would add more and more tattoos to themselves until their body was totally covered. They assumed it was an indication of magnificence and might to be tattooed. Mexicans tattooed their idols and gods on their skin. The Spaniards, who exposed to the designs on the Mexicans, were astonished as they had never seen this work before and called it Ôthe work of Satan. Warriors in these South American tribes were tattooed to remind them and others of their achievement and gallantry in combat. In Japan, tattooing was mostly punishment. If you were a convicted criminal, you would get a score on your forehead, convicted twofold yet another, and if you were convicted a third time, you would receive a third and final mark making the Japanese symbol for ÔdogÕ. Royal families in England received tattoos from Japanese artists symbolizing prosperity and power.

In most cases, people get tattoos for a private significance. Whether it is to memorize something vast that occurred in their life, to show affection or emotion, or because that specific design meant a lot to you, there’s no one motive for a tattoo. Everyone has a reason whether it’s good or not. Other reasons for getting a tattoo are to be rebellious. Some young adults, i.e. teenagers, choose to get a tattoo because their parents simply don’t want them to.

There are many different forms, as you have learned, and here are some examples of different tattoos. Henna tattoos are one of the oldest, and most original types of tattooing. The ink used in Henna tattooing is actually made from the henna plant. The ink...
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