Tattoos have come a long way dating back to the second millennium before Christ. It has been noted on the bodies of mummies as decoration. Tattooing has been practiced by ancient traditions and cultures, which has different significant meaning. It has been a popular form of body art in Asia and Europe. People have different opinions when it comes to tattoos. Some see it as vulgar while some consider it as a high form of art, a unique way of expressing one’s self.
Tattoos purpose is usually to enhance the wearer but aside from that, it also has a traditional and symbolic meaning. Symbolism of tattoos differ from one culture to another, some are mostly symbols of protection, status, religion, fertility, and so on. In other tribes, tattoos are worn to command respect and chivalry as well as strength and bravery. There was also a time that tattoos are utilized by authorities and used it to mark slaves and convicts. Tattoos are also used for identification purposes, both for humans and animals like thoroughbred racehorses.
Today, a lot of people have tattoos mostly because for cosmetic and decorative purposes. Modern women have tattoos for make-ups. This will make it easier for them because they will no longer apply make-ups like eyeliner and eyebrow for example, which at times take time. Some use tattoo body art to express themselves. You can see a lot of people with tattoos of different sizes and designs on different parts of their body. Some have their tattoos on concealed parts of their body, because for them it adds appeal and excitement. Common locations for these concealed tattoos are in the lower part of the back, bikini lines, chests, and so on.
In the early times, tattoos are done with the use of sharpened objects, sticks or metal needles to cut designs or make small perforation in the upper layer of the skin, following the pattern of the design while rubbing pigments into the wounds. This is a painful process, which takes time depending on how intricate or complicated the design is. Moreover, what you have to look after the tattoo is done is to know how to take care of it so that it would not get infected, which might distort the original image because of scarring and swelling. But now, specially designed tattoo machines that use multiple needles are being used. This makes multiple perforations quickly, finishing the tattoo more than half the time it used to be with sharp lines and perfect shading of different colors made more distinctive. With this tool, the tattoo artist is more in control over the desired results.
If you are planning to have a tattoo, make sure that the tattoo shop is licensed and so is the artist, check the sterility of the instruments to be used. Needles are supposed to be disposable because of high risk of infections like hepatitis and HIV for example. The artist should also use disposable gloves. In short, better observe hygienic precautions to be on the safe side.