Tattoos are a form of body art that has been used and practiced in many cultures throughout most of modern history. As an example, the 4,000 year old body of a man with tattoos was discovered in 1992 in a glacier at the Austrian border in Europe.
Between 4000-2000 B.C. the Egyptians were identifying tattooing with nobility and fertility. Some even did tattoos for initiation rites indicating a culture of royalty and courage.
Tattoos in the industrialized culture are a popular type of art form and are indicative of independence or belonging like in prison or gangs.
A piercing is usually done without anesthesia in a beauty parlor or tattoo parlor, and there are many popular piercing sites such as the ear, tongue, cheek, eyebrow, upper lip and nose, just to mention a few. Piercing is done with a spring-loaded-ear-piercing-gun or piercing needles with a diameter of six to 18 inch gauge.
Since tattoos mark various parts of the body permanently, let’s discuss some tips to consider before getting one:
1) Try to pick a spot on your body that can be easily covered especially since your boss or employer may not want to see it every day.
2) Think about the design and stay away from tattoos with people’s names, especially names of those you won’t see after you break-up.
3) Picking a decent and clean tattoo studio by referral is a good idea.
The word tattoo or “tattau” in Tahitian means “to mark” or design the skin with permanent marks. Then an electric needle injects pigment into the tattooed hole, and then the tattoo will show up on the skin in a beautiful array of colors.
The Tahitian people did tattoos to show the rite of passage, and in some tribes boys who reached the age of manhood would receive tattoos to mark the occasion, also men who got married would receive a special tattoo. Sailors would have tattoos done so as to show the destinations they had sailed to and visited.
Tattoos have a long history and getting tattoos differs from one culture to another. In the past and present, some people did tattoos for decorative purposes only; others did it to identify the status of a person in a group or a person’s social rank. Even the early Roman slaves and criminals had tattoos on their skin so that they could easily be identified.