Saturday, September 29, 2007

Butterfly Tattoos Designs

Larger and stylized or miniature and classic, Butterfly tattoos are particular popular on lower back and chest tattooing decoration because the peculiar symmetry and color of their wings, although this type of tattoo can be worn on whatever other area of your body that you would prefer.

For many people butterflies are the expression of freedom, and there are between 15,000 to 20,000 common and well-known butterfly species around the world to choose from for your Butterfly Tattoos designs.

Some of those butterflies are the Common Yellow Swallowtail, Spicebush Swallowtail, Lime Butterfly, Small White, Green-veined White, Common Jezebel, Xerces Blue, Karner Blue, Red Pierrot, Lange's Metalmark Butterfly, Plum Judy, Painted Lady or Cosmopolite, and the famous Monarch butterfly.

Some other Butterfly Tattoos designs may be based on uncommon species, such as the Ornithoptera genus, also known as birdwings, and the largest of all butterflies, and the Lycaeides Melissa samuelis, an endangered butterfly. Although, it is not necessary to have a deep knowledge of butterflies to choose the tattoo that you like the most.

There is a difference between moths and butterflies, both of which are confused between each other frequently and many people consider that a butterfly is just a day flying moth. As versatile as they are, Butterfly Tattoos designs can be the mix of both butterflies and moths. In addition, because butterflies live on nectar from flowers, many tattooists design them flying above, beside, or on them.

In the United States, several states have adopted butterflies, whether as official mascot, butterflies or insects that you can pick to create you own Butterfly Tattoos designs. Some of such states are:

Alabama, Monarch Butterfly and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Arizona, Two-tailed Swallowtail
California, California Dogface Butterfly
Colorado, Colorado Hairstreak Butterfly
Delaware, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Florida, Zebra Longingly
Georgia, Tiger swallowtail
Idaho, Monarch Butterfly
Illinois, Monarch Butterfly
Kentucky, Viceroy Butterfly
Maryland, Baltimore Checkerspot Butterfly
Minnesota, Monarch Butterfly
Mississippi, Spicebush Swallowtail
Montana, Mourning cloak
New Hampshire, Karner Blue
Oklahoma, Black Swallowtail
Oregon, Oregon Swallowtail
South Carolina, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
Tennessee, Zebra Swallowtail
Texas, Monarch Butterfly (State insect)
Vermont, Monarch Butterfly
Virginia, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail
West Virginia, Monarch Butterfly

Butterfly Tattoos designs are suitable for men and women, and are also associated with spirituality. You can get some ideas by browsing online catalogs and galleries, as well as books and magazines available at your local library. Remember that butterflies can be portraits that are as realistic as a photograph, or as funny as a cartoon. Butterflies are also excellent motif for psychedelic and abstract designs.

Star Tattoos – Why Unique is Better Than Out of The Brochure

Even if you’re considering a simple star tattoo, it is much better to commission your own unique design rather than apply a tattoo that someone else is wearing. It is so easy to pick up a pen and piece of paper and start sketching, it is a wonder why more people do not do it.

A star tattoo is something that you will live with for life. Surely, by making the decision to get a star tattoo, it is also worth taking the time and coming up with a design that is unique to you. Research suggests that there is less regret among tattooed people who have designed their own tattoos, than those that simply got their designs from a brochure.

The reason for this is the emotional input. For example, why would you want a star tattoo design? Is it because you like the look of it? If so, how do you think you’ll feel in twenty years time when you look at your star tattoo knowing that it is the result of your own hard work? It’s fair to say that you’ll most likely prefer it to an off the shelf tattoo, so to speak.

Many people have tattoos to symbolise something important in their life, a tattoo becomes their visual recollection of the event. Again, if the event is so important that you want to permanently record it on your body, surely it is important enough to take the time and develop your own design.

Spend time researching star tattoos and asking opinions of friends. Tattoo galleries can be found on the internet and can be great for inspiration to help you come up with your own star tattoo design. Remembering that this star will be tattooed on your body for the rest of your life do you not think that it is important to spend as much time as possible on the design of the tattoo?

Often star tattoos form part of a tattoo collection. Maybe you will have more than one star tattoo? One on each arm? Or two stars together shooting across your back? There are also many possibilities for combining star tattoos with other tattoo designs.

Some people like to get tattooed with special friends. Maybe you and your special friend could get matching star tattoos to show a special bond or commitment to one another. Star tattoos can represent a time in your life when you are dreaming and reaching for high goals.

Popular Tattoos For Men & Women

When you walk into a tattoo parlor, you are instantly greeted with eye-catching designs filled with color and complexity. Unless you have already decided on a design, it can be very difficult to select one on the spot. Even if you have a selected design already in mind, the artist may present you with varying possibilities that will present you with a difficult decision.

Before arriving for your tattoo, it is a good idea to have a selection of designs that you are interested in. Men and women will naturally select different images whereas the gentleman may prefer a masculine and powerful tattoo and the woman may prefer something dainty and pretty. For example, a gentleman may prefer a large tattoo with a lot of color or something that symbolizes the love that he shares for his wife or girlfriend. It is advisable that tattoo recipients give careful consideration to personalized tattoos. Why? If the relationship ends later, the tattoo will still remain unless it is surgically removed. Therefore, many gentlemen are electing to have symbols that remind them of something that they enjoy, such as a career, a hobby or a symbol that means something special to their life.

Women who decide to have a permanent tattoo will often select a dainty image, such as a heart, butterfly or floral depiction. These are small and can be placed anywhere, but most commonly are located on the hip, ankle or back of the shoulder area. Women typically select a smaller tattoo in an effort to make a statement of beauty and yet something that draws attention to a certain area, such as the leg or hip.

Even with these thoughts in mind, a tattoo is a very personal thing and must be a reflection of something that is important to the recipient. Therefore, there really isn’t a universal ‘man’ or ‘woman’ tattoo. Upon discussing various choices with the artist, a tattoo recipient will gain a better understanding of options and design choices. In addition, they will be able to browse through an image book or folder that will show a number of different tattoo choices, which will enable them to better decide which is right for them.

This article is to be used for informational purposes only. The information contained herein is not intended to be used in place of, or in conjunction with, professional medical advice or recommendations for tattoo placement. Before deciding on getting a tattoo or having one removed, the patient must consult a licensed medical doctor for medical advice and/or to determine the best course of action for his/her individual healthcare needs.

Tribal Tattoos

A tribal tattoo is quite an extreme tattoo; it is a black design that is usually applied to the upper arm or back. The original wearers of tribal tattoos used the designs to show their status within their community, it served a purpose to warn others of their rank. This is obviously no longer the case; however it is worth taking the time to understand the importance of the tribal tattoo before having one done.

Taking the time to understand the culture and history of a tribal tattoo, shows a level of respect to a civilisation that has long passed. Although, that being said we no longer look at a person’s tattoos to establish their success as a hunter. Nevertheless, it is important that the original inspiration remains.

The emphasis on modern tribal tattoo designs is to blend the old with the new. Keeping in touch with the original style, yet adding more modern touches that reflect our lives. For example, a common tribal tattoo for women may also include a flower that symbolises something else important in their life. It’s also common for a tribal tattoo to form the frame of a more portrait based tattoo, thus making the design more about art than history or culture.

At the end of the day, people choose their tattoo designs because they like them. Regardless of them being tribal tattoos or cross tattoos, it is more important for the wearer to have a design that they feel comfortable with and means something or represents something that is important to them.

Nautical Star Tattoos the History, Meaning and Symbolism: a Strange Mix

Historically most everyone agrees that Sailors were the first people to get nautical star tattoos. In fact the very word nautical relates back to sailing. So this connection has been pretty firmly established. Most people would agree the sailors were a pretty superstitious group historically and sailor lore abounds with superstitious and fantastical stories of life and death and being lost at sea. Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the north star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the north star is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life. Therefore many sailors would tattoo nautical stars on their forearms as a good luck symbol in hopes of returning home.

However their modern day meaning is a more debated topic. Many believe that groups including gay and lesbians, punk rockers and those in the military have adopted the nautical star tattoo as a very important symbol. The diversity of these three groups has lead many to argue the meaning of their tattoos.

For the military the connection is pretty obviously point back to the early sailors and the symbolism and meaning is the same as the early sailors. Many military people get a nautical star tattoo as a symbol for finding ones path home safely. Of course this can also include more symbolically just finding ones way in life.

Here is a quote we found from a member of the armed services and his interpretation of the tattoo:
"I am in the United States Army, an MP who searched towns and villages for Al Quida and insurgents. I was in Iraq for 1 year. I have a red and black nautical star on my wrist. The reason I got it was because when I was out there, I felt it was a guide to guide me home to my family safely. I got it so that it would remind me that I am going to make it to see my son grow up. I am not gay, it doesn't matter what you believe it represents, it means something different for everyone. Out in the desert, I would look up at the stars and think about home. So anyone can think what they want to, that is what it means to me. "

Punk rockers have also adopted this as a popular symbol to have tattooed. The punk movement traces its history and use of the nautical star tattoo back to Sailor Jerry. Sailor Jerry is historically one one of the most famous tattoo artists ever. He was well known for his innovative and "cool" designs. Punks have taken this symbol and it has very much the same meaning of finding one way in life. Being the rugged

individualists type Punks are drawing to the symbolism of true north and finding one own unique way in life. So the Nautical star has become a symbol for this. You see many punk bands that have full sleeve tattoos typically incorporate nautical star tattoos either on their elbows or elsewhere.

The lesbian and gay connection is the one that does not seem so obvious at first. Historically back in the 1940's and 50's when alternative lifestyles were not the norm and often women had to hide their alternative choices they would sport a hidden nautical star. Often they would get the star tattoo done on the inside of their wrist where it could easily be hidden by a watch during the day but shown off in the evening when out on the town. Today many lesbians where the nautical star tattoo to show their connection with their early pioneering sisters. Here is a little evidence to support my points.

"Here's the passage (with some pieces dropped) from "Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community" by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeilne D. Davis copyright 1993 p. 189.
(talking about the 1940's and 1950's):
"...During this same time period, the cultural push to be identified as lesbians- or at least different- all the time was so powerful that it generated a new form of identification among the tough bar lesbians: a star tattoo on the top of the wrist, which was usually covered by a watch. This was the first symbol of community identity that did not rely on butch-fem imagery. We can trace this phenomenon back to an evening of revelry in the late 1950's, when a few butches trooped over to "Dirty Dick's" tattoo parlor on Chippewa Street and had the tiny blue five-pointed star put on their wrists. Later, some of the fems of this group also go the idea one night and did it...The community views the tattoo as a definite mark of identification..."the Buffalo police knew [that] the people that had the stars on their wrist were lesbians and they had their names and so forth. That it was an identity thing with the gay community, with the lesbian community". The fact that the star tattoo was created by those who were firmly into roles, in fact by the group that was considered the butchy butches and their fems, suggest that the force to assert lesbian identity was strong enough to break through the existing traditions of boldness based in butch-fem roles. The stars presage the methods of identity created by gay liberation. In fact, the mark has become something of a tradition in local circles and has seen a revival since the 1970s."

This meaning of the symbol has of course created a lot of problems and arguments among the other two groups of bearers of nautical stars. Most puck and military people do not want to have a nautical star that points back to anything from the lesbian movement so many will say that there is no connection there and this is false.

Here is a quote from another armed forces member about the symbolism of the nautical star among the gay community:
"This "gay symbol" is a load of hooey that someone made up VERY recently. The nautical star tattoo has been around nearly as long as tattooing itself. The late Celts (or early Irish, depending on your view of World History) were said to have been the first to have the tattoos, although evidence of it being used on ships in Spain has been found pre-dating the Irish claim.
As a Marine, it's a very commonplace symbol amongst us if we have been part of a Boat Raid company, red for port, green for starboard on varying parts of the body. On ship, I saw about a million different variations on the Sailors I was was serving with, obviously harking back to the sailor roots."

Here is a quote from a punk rocker and his feelings about the symbolism of the tattoo:
"what idiots..even the military boys dont know what it really means....JUST SO YOU ALL KNOW!!!!!it was used by OLD sailors.. and the symbol represents North on a Map ...and it is the North Star the sailors would use it as a baring to get can find it on Really really old maps and old navy vessels... Punk Rock.. well we use it because we can and because Sailor Jerry made the coolest tattoos who started putting them on everyone.. my grandfather even had one thus being used as a traditional icon"

It just goes to show that when the same powerful symbol is used over and over again over decades of time it can taken on very different meanings for different groups. So all of those that you see sporting a nautical star tattoo might not all have the same interpretation of its symbolism.

So do you have a nautical star tattoo or think about getting one in the future? Which meaning of the symbol will you get the nautical star for? As long as you know what the symbolism behind the star is for and you have gotten it for the right reason to either support the lesbian movement or as a symbol to finding your way!

Why Get a Custom Tattoo Design Done by a Professional Tattoo Artist?

Well, this has become a major trend in marketing that truly benefits the consumer. You no longer have to pay top dollar and just get whatever you get. Now you can get things exactly like what you want.

This marketing trend has also become one of the biggest trends in the world of tattoos since sliced bread. The old fashioned way to get a tattoo done we all know too well. You go to the local parlor and look at the beautiful tattoo flash or designs on the wall and you pick one. It was basically like ordering at MacDonald. I will take a number #2 combo the Celtic Butterfly with a side or shooting star tattoos extra large.

Well, like MacDonalds frequently does the tattoo world has really improved and almost reinvented itself in the last few years. This growth is still taking place even now. You see the days of getting a tattoo done in the above mentioned way are starting to disappear. It didn't allow for individuality or self expression. The old fashioned way lead to a lot of people getting the same tattoos and for cheap. Well, just like many people go out and buy a stock car and then start tweaking it all out to fit their needs or a computer that is tweaked to fit there needs you can now do the same things with tattoo designs.

You can come up with a concept for a tattoo that you want done. Then you can go online and post a job for a bunch of freelance tattoo artists to bid on. You then view some samples of their work and pick a custom tattoo designer or artist to do the work for you. They will then work with you and flesh out the rough idea that you had into a complete custom tattoo design.
This way of getting tattoo designs has some definite advantages over the old fashioned way.

No longer will you have the same popular tattoo that thousands of others probably have.

You can get the design sized to fit exactly the location on your body that you want it.

Now you can customize the color, shape, design, and even initial concept for your design. It is truly like tricking out a car or a computer you can get things exactly like how you want them.

So this new way of getting tattoos done has started to revolutionize the whole world of tattoo and tattoo design. It is getting harder and harder to sell pre-made designs and the growth of custom tattoo designs is significantly increasing.

Think Before You Ink? You Won't Regret It.

Unfortunately most people can not afford the laser removal and honestly most cover up tattoos are big, black, and can even draw more attention to itself.
So honestly the best option is to think before you ink. This is going to become our new motto. Unfortunately there are tons of people out there that do not think before getting a tattoo and later end up regretting them.

Top 5 reasons people state for wanting to get rid of a tattoo.

1. Got the tattoo while out with friends drunk.
2. I was young when I got it.
3. It really was not the design I wanted.
4. It is too common and doesn't speak to me anymore.
5. The symbol is wrong or I did not know what it stood for.

These are so common that we have come across people that are getting cover up tattoos for all of the above reasons. Recently with the growing trend of Japanese Kanji tattoos many people are paying good money for these only to find later they don't mean what they were originally told. Also they often don't translate well. For example getting something like "Bling" or "Pimp" translated to Japanese just does not work. There is no kanji for these words.

It is vitally important that you spend some time coming up with an original tattoo idea. Do some research on the symbolism behind the tattoo design and think about what you want it to say. Then have a professional tattoo artist do the design for you. Take the time to look at the design maybe mull over it for a few days. You can even have a tattoo artists do the work with a sharpie first and spend some time thinking about it.

Tattoos are expensive and custom tattoo can cost even more. However the artwork will be original and unique and it will speak to you more then some flash design off the wall in your local tattoo shop. Actually if you think of it custom tattoos can be a big savings. It is more expensive to get a cover up done or go through laser removal. So spend some time thinking about your tattoo and do some research on the design. It is way better then regretting the design for the rest of your life.

The Symbolism of an Anchor tattoo

Anchor tattoos were all the rage for sailors. It was often the symbol of a very experienced sailor. Anchor tattoo designs are one of the oldest types of tattoos. However with an interest in all things retro and chic these have come back into fashion. In fact in the tattoo field as a whole retro tattoo designs have been experiencing a resurgence. These retro tattoo designs have come back to life with new more vibrant tattoo colors, designs and placements on the body. This trend originated on the west coast mostly and has even become known as west coast tattoo style. Retro themes in tattoo designs are especially popular with the rockabilly group.

So what is the symbolism behind the anchor tattoo design? While the earliest forms of an anchor being used as a symbol harkens all the way back to the early Christians. They would often use the anchor as a hidden symbol for the cross. This was often used to show that they were Christian while escaping persecution from the Greeks.

The symbol much later became popular with sailors. This is a pretty obvious connection here being that sailor use anchors constantly in their work.

The anchor tattoo design has become a symbol for stability and a strong foundation. It can also mean a boyfriend, girlfriend or significant other in someone's life. You see a man might get an anchor tattoo to show that his girlfriend is the stability in his life.
These have become increasingly popular for women to get and they often place them just below their collar bone on the right of left side.

So the anchor tattoo is a great tattoo with lots of symbolism and history behind it. If you are looking for something to remind you to stay grounded or want to symbolism a particularly stable or grounding relationship that you have then an anchor tattoo design might be something to look into.

Dolphin Tattoos: What is the Symbolism Behind Them

Lotus flowers are amazing and have strong symbolic ties to many Asian religions especially throughout India. The lotus flower starts as a small flower down at the bottom of a pond in the mud and muck. It slowly grows up towards the waters surface continually moving towards the light. Once it come to the surface of the water the lotus flower begins to blossom and turn into a beautiful flower.

Within Hinduism and Buddhism the lotus flower has become a symbol for awakening to the spiritual reality of life. The meaning varies slightly between the two religions of course but essentially both religious traditions place importance on the lotus flower.
In modern times the meaning of a lotus flower tattoo ties into it's religious symbolism and meaning. Most tattoo enthusiast feel that the a lotus tattoo represent life in general. As the lotus flower grows up from the mud into a object of great beauty people also grow and change into something more beautiful (hopefully!). So the symbol represent the struggle of life at its most basic form.

Lotus flower tattoos are also popular for people who have gone through a hard time and are now coming out of it. Like the flower they have been at the bottom in the muddy, yucky dirty bottom of the pond but have risen above this to display an object of beauty or al ife of beauty as the case might be. Thus a lotus flower tattoo or blossom can also represent a hard time in life that has been overcome.

Lotus flower and peonies are also two flowers that are very popular among Japanese tattoo artists and they make a great compliment to Koi Fish tattoos. Ironically enough the two koi fish and lotus flowers can often be found in the same pond in front of a temple. The Koi fish is a symbol typically for strength and individualism.

Getting A (Sterile) Tattoo

Tattoos have been around since prehistoric times. Egyptian mummies have been dug up displaying tattoos. Humans frozen in glaciers 4,000 years ago bear tattoos. Cultures like the Maori in New Zealand use them as particular markings. And more recently, people wear them to express themselves. Some people think of their tattoos as art, and consider their bodies as the canvas on which the art is displayed. Because of the way society has begun accepting tattoos, it is relatively easy to obtain them. However, it is important to make sure that you are getting a good tattoo from a reputable tattoo artist.

Tattoos that are not properly applied can end up looking hideous. They can also become infected and cause a great deal of discomfort and health problems. If your tattoo is messed up for some reason, it is extremely difficult to have it altered or removed. You also need to ensure that you are dealing with a true professional. Someone who does not put the pigments in right can cause permanent (and unwanted) discoloration, or even cause more dire health problems.

For the most part, getting a tattoo is relatively routine any more. The key is to find a good tattoo parlor. One of the best ways to do this is to get recommendations from friends. If you have a friend whose tattoo has turned out particularly well, find out where she or he had it done. You should also find out about the overall experience. Any tattoo is going to involve some degree of discomfort or pain, but it is not normally excruciating. Find out how satisfied your friend was with the experience.

Next, it is important that you go in and check out the tattoo shop yourself. Look around to see how clean it is in general. Does the owner try to keep it fairly tidy? What about the instruments? Are they properly sterilized after use? You can even check the chair, stool, or bed used for the clients. Do they try to keep it clean? These are important considerations. You want to make sure that the tattoo location offers an atmosphere that is comfortable to you, especially if you are getting the tattoo somewhere you wouldn't normally let other people see.

Many states require licenses for their tattoo artists. Check out what the requirements in the state are, and make sure that your tattoo artist is properly credentialed. You can also try to get further references for work done. Talk to a few people who had their tattoos done at the location so that you can get a better idea of the overall experience. Find out how long the person has been in business, and where he or she learned the art. You want to make sure that you have a true professional, and that will lower your risk for problems.

Finally, there are proper ways to care for a tattoo after you get one. Make sure that you follow the instructions given you by the tattoo artist. After all, even the best tattoo can cause problems if you do not properly care for it in the days after getting the tattoo.

Bad Ink – Recognizing When It's Time For Laser Tattoo Removal

Ahh the joys of youth. Rebelliousness and anti-authority impulses. Edgy friends and edgy garage and hip hop music. Late nights. New found freedoms of expression. No wonder that tattoos caught on with kids, athletes, musicians and artists, businessmen and even your local book-organizing prim librarian. Why not show that you're unique, that quiet smug knowledge that you're-still-you and not entirely the Company Man?

It seems that around 25,000 people receiving laser tattoo removal treatments each year have concluded that "my tattoo just doesn't look right's not me". Art, ego or simply a pragmatic understanding that people-in-careers need to project a clean "professional look"?

What's Involved In Laser Tattoo Removal? Unlike getting your tattoo, which may have taken minutes or an hour, removing tattoos is more involved. Why? Because, your "artwork" is not clinging to your skin surface like a band aid, rather is imbedded deeper within the sub-dermal tissues. With laser tattoo removal, you'll undergo a series of treatments, each spaced 1 to 2 months apart in order to allow your skin rejuvenation to occur. Your total treatment period may be 6 to 12 months in order to achieve the sort of skin resurfacing results you're aiming for.

What Are The "Obstacles" Blocking Your Results? It's in the nature of a tattoo to be "permanent". It's no wonder that "permanent" artwork may take some serious treatment before it yields.

* Color Of Tattoo Inks - Light Colors Stay On. Laser tattoo removal succeeds best when applied to red and black colors. Once you add lighter colors into a tattoo design, then not even a laser can truly treat these skin areas with success, due to the fact that these color do not absorb the laser. For example, white colors actually turn black when laser treated.

Result? These lighter colors merely fade or convert into a "smudge" rather than disappear.

* Better Tattoo Artists Create Technical Hurdles To Laser Removal. When you were impulsive, the idea of getting a tattoo from a "virtuoso" tattoo artist would be the crowing touch to what may now be considered "one of the dumbest decisions I ever made". When it comes time for laser tattoo removal of a highly artistic and intricate design, then the artist usually wins over the machine. Meaning? Some areas of your tattoo remain impervious to laser removal therapy.

* Ink Chemistry - Whether FDA Sanctioned or Not. Inks are not simply inks. While the FDA does supervise the class of ink chemistry applied to tattoos, this doesn't mean that the local screwball tattoo shop might not see the opportunity to make more money by substituting the class of "printer inks". These dangerous inks set into a tattoo that in many cases will not respond to laser light treatment. Reason? These inks have an unique chemical profile or "signature" which does not permit the levels of laser light absorption necessary to actually remove the coloring.

Health Risks Of Laser Tattoo Removal. Local anesthetic is used to numb your tattoo treatment area. Only one section of your tattoo is treated at each session. You'll need 1 to 2 months before your next treatment in order to heal. Could you get infections, or not heal properly? Of course. And what about "mixed results", where the tattoo more-or-less is gone, yet your skin pigmentation has been damaged? Yes, skin pigmentation

Get additional info about laser tattoo removal surgery, costs, a guide to choosing the best surgeon plus alternative tattoo removal therapies such as dermabrasion so that you decide for yourself what’s best for your body image.

How Tattoo Removal Works

In most cases tattoo removal is done by using the Yag laser. Over time your body naturally breaks down the particles in tattoos. This is what causes tattoos to fade over time. The yag laser accelerates the process for the tattoo. The laser breaks up the particles in a tattoo. The smaller particles are then naturally removed by the body. Each time the tattoo is lasered more and more particles are broken apart and body will continue to removal the smaller particles.

Not all tattoos are created equal. Some will come out easier than others will. Tattoos that that were done using low quality ink will usually be removed easier. A simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is that the darker the tattoo is the easier it will be to be removed. Colors such as red and pink will often time remain in the skin and cannot be removed. Black or dark color tattoos are most likely to be removed by the Yag Laser. It is important remember that everyone’s skin is different. A black tattoo on one person might come out after just 4 or 5 treatments. The same tattoo on someone else might take 8 or 10 treatments. It all depends on how well that person’s skin washes out the broken particles.

Tattoo removal should only be done by a trained professional, which is usually a dermatologist.

Tattoo Removal Surgery

Tattoo removal surgery has recently become more popular for various reasons. A patient should do their research and give the surgery some serious thought before proceeding.

If you are considering having a tattoo removed, the first thing you want to do is research the various options available for tattoo removal surgery. You need to also consider the costs, time commitment, and risks.

The next step is to make an appointment with a local physician or dermatologist to setup an initial consultation. The doctor will discuss your options and go over any questions or concerns you have. The doctor will be able to explain the surgery and go over the details such as cost and risks.

When you decide to move forward, an appointment will be made for the initial procedure. The size and condition of your tattoo will determine how many sessions will be necessary to complete the removal process.

Becoming a Tattoo Artist

Becoming a tattoo artist is more than simply ordering a tattoo kit through a tattoo magazine and experimenting on your friends! Tattooing is an art form with rules that have to be respected.

Failure to adhere to those rules can result in much more than a dodgy piece of art work but can result in the transmission of potentially fatal diseases and lawsuits running into millions of dollars not to mention earning the reputation as a 'scratcher'!

It takes a lot of time and money to become a tattoo artist so it helps if you have some formal training in art to give you an understanding of form and color technology. But it is an art that can be learned without formal training and contrary to popular belief there are still a few tattoo artists out there who are willing to take on apprentices to teach an eager student how to become a tattoo artist.

If you have decided to go the route of apprenticeship the best course of action is to visit as many tattoo studios as you can and strike up a relationship with the tattoo artists. Most tattoo artists are open and don't mind being asked questions or allowing you to watch while they work - within reason!

Watch how they operate. If you have a portfolio of artwork show it to them. Bounce ideas around and suggest that you would like an opportunity to even help them around the studio in return for a chance to learn more about the craft of tattooing.

Tattoos as Art

There are no doubt a range of different perspectives when it comes to tattoos. Many people get tattoos to express how they are feeling, or what they care about. Others use them to make statements, whether it be political, religious, or just about anything. However, you’ll also get people who are completely against tattoos and couldn’t imagine who in their right mind would allow something to be permanently inked on their skin. Some even believe that you are desecrating your body by getting tattoos.

Tattooing, the process of embedding ink under the skin to produce a permanent design, has been around since virtually the dawn of man. Many indiginious cultures practiced tattooing for both adornment, status and spiritual renderings. Though there has been a recent resurgence in native and tribal tattooing, most tattoos today are done strictly as a way of decorating one's self in an artistically expressive manner.

Do you have a tattoo? Are you wondering if you should get one? Of course there is no such answer that can be given that fit everyone, but regardless of who you are there are a few things to consider. Answering these questions honestly and openly will help you realize whether or not tattooing is right for you. Remember, short of getting expensive and painful laser removal, they will be with you forever.

First of all, are there any images that holds significant meaning in your life? If so then be sure if this will be something that is important to you in the years to come. Most people who are satisfied with their tattoos years on down the road are happy because they have chosen images or text that is meaningful to them and that they will be attatched to for the rest of their lives.

By the same token, many of the people that want to get them removed are the ones that put very little thought into getting them in the first place and now are stuck with tattoos that they do not like and no longer want. Before you get something inked on your skin permanently, think about if you’ll still like the image ten, twenty, or thirty years down the road. Can you see yourself with the same tattoo when your seventy-five years old? I hope so because you will own it forever.

Since a tattoo is permanent, don’t just waltz into the nearest tattoo parlor, take a quick look at their offerings and decided what you like. Though this can be a good technique for getting ideas for you tattoo, there’s no rush to get inked. But some serious thought into it. Choose an image you like and think about it for a few weeks or perhaps even months before making your final decision.

Now you need to make the decision of where on your body you want your tattoo to go. Most people who get tattooed, even those with large tattoos covering their arms, legs, or back, will avoid getting tattoos on their hands, neck, or face, due to the fact that many employers frown on tattooing and because tattoos which are always visible can make it tougher to get hired at certain jobs. You may want to give serious consideration of placing your tattoo of a place that can easily be covered up.

Finally, make sure you get tattooed at a respectable tattoo parlor. Disease and infection are very real risks of getting a tattoo. All of the needles should be sterile, as should the general working conditions. When you choose your tattoo artist be sure to choose one that you have seen their work. Take a good luck at their portfolio and see a sketch of your design before getting inked, because you want to be completely satisfied with your tattoo and not take any unnecessary chances.

Friday, September 28, 2007

The Tribal Tattoo Art

Tribal tattoos are generally influenced by tribal art from native and indigenous tribes. The tribal tattoo art comes from the older tribes such as the Celtics (Ireland, Scotland, & Wales), the Maori Tribe (indigenous people of New Zealand), the North American Tribal, the African Tribal, the Marquesan (Polynesian inhabitants of the Marquises Islands) and the tribes of Borneo.

Celtic Tattoo Art
Celtic tattoo art come from Ireland. Celtic knot tattoos are some of the most popular and most common designs, featuring loops with no end that symbolize a never ending cycle of dying and rebirth. There are also Celtic cross and animal tattoo designs as well

Mori Tribal tattoo Art
The Maori, the aborigines of New Zealand, call their tribal tattoo “Moko” and Mori Tribal tattoo art is incredible to behold. To the Maori, a person's Moko designs enhanced their prestige and show transition from one social status to another. At its highest level, Moko designs proclaimed the sacredness of chieftainship.

North American Tribal Art
There are many Indian tribes in North America and many different traditions for tribal tattooing. It was very common for tribal tattoos to denote rank within the tribe. Take the Illinois Indians for example. It was quite common for weapons of war to be tattooed upon the men and it is suggested by some that the women received tattoos of tools used for labor. The tools of war outranked the tools of labor. This was, to the best of my knowledge, their tradition. They seemingly kept their tribal tattooing practices to a minimum.

Samoa Tribal tattoo art
The Samoan tribal tattoo was done with a carved boar tusk, sharpened with a piece of coral, attached to a turtle shell, and then affixed to a stick. This tool is used to carve the designs into the flesh by tapping it against the skin and then a mixture of candle nut soot and sugar water is rubbed into the resulting wound.

Marquesan Tribal tattoo art
Sea-faring Polynesians from Samoa colonized the Marquises Islands as early as 300 A.D. They were warring tribes who sometimes cannibalized their enemies. Marquesan Tribal tattoo art is very uncommon. Most tribal tattoos are done with one specific object and the size variation is minimal. This is not so with the Pacific.

African Tribal tattoo art
Tribes in Africa do not use pigment for tattooing, they cut the skin and either the wound is packed with a substance so that it becomes raised or it is rubbed with ash or sand until the wound rises up, then the scar is the tattoo.

Borneo Tribal tattoo Art
Borneo is the third largest island in the world. The Dayak people reside here for centuries, they believe that spirits are in everything around them. For this reason they believe that by tattooing an object or creature on them they can draw energy from these spirits.

While the tribal tattoo was originally used to identify members of specific tribes, represent battles fought, and to serve as the symbolization of social status, today tribal tattoo art is a popular fashion. a lot of people today choose various tribal tattoo designs simply for aesthetic reasons. Some of the most popular designs with tribal tattoos include dragon, butterfly and suntribal tattoos. Tribal tattoo can be put virtually anywhere on the body, The back and arms are usually the most common areas where people have them applied, but the ankle, calf, and chest are also used.

The Tribal tattoo art expresses personal freedom and uniqueness of the wearer. Tribal tattoo art has a simple appeal that reinforces a positive feeling about ourselves and connects us to ancient mystery of the tribal rituals, which faded away with history.

5 Most Popular Star Tattoo Ideas

The star has numerous meanings depending on who is wearing it. For some it may signify truth and honesty. For others it is a symbol of hope and beauty. Star tattoo ideas vary from person to person. The number of points the star contain is the most meaningful way to personalize it. A particular color of the star is also a very great way to personalize your star tattoo. While the most common types of stars are the 4 pointed and 5 pointed stars, other star tattoo ideas are out there if you look hard enough.

1. Four pointed stars

The typical way to depict a 4 pointed star is a simple plus sign, with special emphasis given to the ends of each point. The 4 pointed star tattoo idea was especially popular in early America, traditionally used by Native American tribes. The simplicity of the 4 pointed star is an ideal choice when used in tribal designs, for instance in a larger chest piece.

2. Five pointed stars

This is without a doubt the most popular of all star tattoo ideas. There are 3 main groups of 5 pointed star designs: the filled star (like you would find on a flag), the simple outline, also known as a pentacle (like you would draw in grade school) and the upside down pentacle (most often used to represent darker symbolism).

3. Filled star

The most commonly used design is the filled star. This star tattoo idea is found mainly in celestial style designs, and is often combined with the sun and the moon. It can also be a great accent to a butterfly or a fairy tattoo.

4. Pentacle

This star tattoo idea is most often used to symbolize witchcraft. It generally represents feminine energy, and the secrets of life. The 5 points represent the five elements: earth, air, water, fire, and spirit. It is also coincidental that the 5 pointed star is only found in organic forms of life, such as flowers and starfish.

5. Reversed Pentacle

While it is known to represent Satanism, the reversed pentacle or pentagram, has also been known to represent the pagan horned god. It may not have any special meaning at all, just an upside down pentacle. It has a growing following of people who are looking for individual star tattoo ideas.

There are many great star tattoo ideas out there if you look hard enough.

Tattoo Designs - The Four Primary Elements

Many people are deciding that they want to get a tattoo. Very few of those people actually know what it is that they are looking for. They want something to express their personality. Tattoo designs range from the very simple to the extremely elaborate. Some of the smaller, less complex tattoos include: Astrological signs, flowers, hearts, stars, and some fish. The more elaborate tattoos include: religious tattoos, dragons, angels, wings, pin up girls, etc.

Element #1

Some tattoo designs are small and elegant, and can be drawn up fairly easily. On the other hand, a few tattoo designs are extremely complex. Take the eagle for example. This could be an easy 2 dimensional bird, with bright vibrant colors, or it can be a very tedious, time consuming tattoo design that may take the artist an eternity to sketch. Then the artist must add each and every feather, to show detail, and make the eagle come to life.

Element #2

Color plays a very important part in tattoo designs. Ladies have a tendency to lean more toward a small, bright and cheery tattoo, like a heart or a flower. Men on the other hand want to have a beautiful work of art. They want everything to look lifelike and real. This is where the artist uses more muted tones of color.

Element #3

Tattoo designs are also specific to a person’s heritage as well. If you were brought up in a religious home, you may tend to lean more toward a cross, angel or wings. If you are Native American, you may show your heritage with a beautiful tribal design, that is reminiscent of your ancestors. Although the dragon was considered to be mainly of Japanese or Chinese origin, it is quickly becoming a known symbol to those who are not part of this heritage.

Element #4

Tattoos can also be patriotic. If you wish to show your love of your country, you may choose to get a tattoo of an American flag. Many people who have gone in to the military choose a tattoo design which shows the pride that they have in their country.

Tattoo designs may be as diverse as the people who wear them, but they all have something in common: tattoos tell your stories for you.

Top 10 Tattoo Design Ideas

So you want to get a tattoo, but cannot decide what tattoo design ideas you are looking for? There are so many different ways that you can express your personality, through art on your body, which makes it difficult to decide what you want. You should have a specific reason for getting a tattoo, it may be to remember a loved one, or you may just want to express your own individuality. Whatever your reason may be, finding the right tattoo design ideas for you may be a bit of a challenge. The top ten tattoo design ideas for the beginning of the 2007 are:

1. Angel

You may decide to get an angel tattoo, if you want to express your faith. Catholicism is the primary religion which has an angel as an expression of faith and religion.

2. Tribal

Tribal tattoos are extremely popular, and are as diverse as the people who wear them. With the beautiful lines and curves of tribal tattoos, it is easy to see why so many people are choosing to tattoo tribal designs.

3. Star

Some people consider stars the symbol for truth and hope. This is why so many people choose to get a tattoo of a star.

4. Cross

Crosses can either symbolize a person’s faith, or pay tribute to a lost loved one. It may also be a very beautiful background for a child or spouse’s name.

5. Wings

Wings are a symbol of faith, It is often believed that wings must be earned.

6. Eternity or Infinity Symbols

Often used in conjunction with crosses, infinity symbols convey that whoever or whatever is symbolized will never be forgotten. This can also be a symbol of love or friendship.

7. Sun

For many people the sun represents life. Without the sun, all things in existence will perish.

8. Dragon

The Dragon is primarily seen in Japanese and Chinese cultures. Many people see the dragon as a fierce, strong creature.

9. Phoenix

In ancient times the phoenix was a symbol of the cycle of the rising and setting of the sun. Over time however, it has evolved to become a symbol of human resurrection.

10. Butterfly

The butterfly is primarily chosen by women. It represents beauty and grace. Butterflies symbolize rejuvenation and rebirth.

A Tattoo or a Scar

It is very terrible in this day all the young ladies out there want and getting tattoos. They have no clue as to whether or not they will want it when they get older.

Teens that get tattoos have no idea over time they fade. Mostly people wrinkle when they age. Let’s face it the body at nineteen and twenty will not look that well at forty. Ok let’s say little Sue got her tattoo at age nineteen and the years have not been good to her. She is wrinkly and she now wants the tattoos removed. After removal she will have scars not to mention an empty pocket book from the cost.

Teens should really consider the consequences of a tattoo. Yes they are nice, yes its so cute having a butter fly on your backside, but remember in today’s day and age the elements are hard also on the body and no telling what the tattoo may look like in years to come.

A simple alternative is a painted on tattoo. In this, yes they do wash off, but there is no pain related and best of all if you get tired of looking a butterfly you can change it easily. Many times we jump the gun, and it’s the “in” thing to do, by getting a tattoo. Heck all your friends have one, why not you? Well be smart, save yourself from high cost of removal down the road and tattoo that turns ugly as you age.

Take time to really think about your life long decision. In getting a tattoo, it will be with you for the rest of your life. Are you sure about the pain? The cost? Many employers today will only hire you if you hide your tattoos. Many have to wear jewelry to cover up on the wrist. In some case the gals will have to wear dark stocking to cover ones on their legs. If you are unsure, then get a test tattoo, paint on one to see what you think and how others react. In this you will know for sure.

Avoid Mistakes When Picking A Tattoo

So you finally made the decision to get a tattoo. You are probably excited about the idea and can’t wait to go in to get inked for the first time. All your friends are inked and now you have the courage to just do it. But before you do, hold on for a minute.

Let’s presume that you have already carefully researched your artist. You know that he or she is talented and can do a great job. You have also scouted out the place and feel comfortable knowing the establishment is clean, safe, and follows all the guidelines.

The biggest decision you now have to make is with your design. Even if it is your first tattoo and you feel that you are just experimenting, extra precaution should be made. A tattoo design will live with you forever and this undertaking can not be taken lightly.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of tattoo designs to choose from and the overwhelming feeling to just pick something can easily take hold if you let it. Don’t get caught up in the excitement. Think of your tattoo as a major purchase, a very expensive purchase. When you spend thousands of dollars on an item, you generally take more time to think about the decision. Although tattoos are fairly inexpensive depending upon the design, think of it as purchasing a home or a car. Make your tattoo design something of extreme value and not just a pretty or cool design on your body to show off like a piece of jewelry.

Use the internet to get some ideas of your design, but realize that you do not have to choose those designs. The designs online are not completely original because everyone else is on the internet downloading them as well.

Stay true and unique to yourself when choosing your design. One of the reasons for getting a tattoo is for originality. You do not want a tattoo that a million other people have. Your personality is unique and unlike any other person and your tattoo design should reflect that as well.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself to avoid making tattoo mistakes:

Why am I getting a tattoo?

Did I take enough time researching my design?

Why did I choose the design?

Is my design common and does originality matter to me?

What does the design mean to me?

What does the tattoo design represent in my life?

Will it still have the same meaning to me five years from now?

Is the placement of my tattoo perfect for the design?

After you have given a tremendous amount of thought about your tattoo design and feel you are mentally and physically ready, that is when you can head for the tattoo shop. Remember that you do not have to choose a design on the internet or your tattoo artist wall. These are great places to start, but they do not have to be your final destination.

When you have gone through the process of evaluating a design tailor made for you, ask your artist to design it for you. It is well worth the effort because the tattoo of your dream is an item of value that will be placed on the most important person in the world…you.

Let your tattoo speak for itself. Give it a voice and let your tattoo speak. A single tattoo can tell a whole life story. Make yours memorable and not common.

Good luck in your tattoo design and choose it from your soul! Dani Calloway


My wife and I were out for dinner the other night and our waitress was an attractive looking young woman who I judged to be in her early twenties. She was very personable and knowledgeable, but she was wearing a short blouse that revealed her midriff and showed a tattoo just above her rear end, and, on her front, there appeared to be something drawn from her belly down to her public area (sorry I couldn't verify this for you). I'm sure she thought this was all rather attractive and I must admit it caught my eye, but frankly I was disappointed that a charming young woman found it necessary to defile her body in order to get someone's attention.

I've never understood the need to paint the human body with tattoos, Some say its nothing more than an example of self-expression. Actually, I think its more of a cry for attention than anything else. Some people try to hide their tattoos, but more and more people today proudly display their body art, regardless of the symbolism or what is printed on them. To me, its kind of like sitting next to a kid at a traffic light with his music blaring. I don't know who he is trying to impress other than himself. It most certainly isn't me.

When I was growing up, I only knew of two men who had tattoos on their arms, my uncle and my barber. Both got their tattoos while serving in the military, but spent several years thereafter trying to have them removed as they found them to be an embarrassment among their friends as they grew older. I've also met a couple of people who survived the concentration camps of World War II and now bear identification numbers tattooed on their arms. In other words, tattoos are not something my generation or those that preceded me hold in high regard. But today's younger generation doesn't think this way and whimsically have their bodies painted at the drop of a hat. Recently, a group of underage girls from the local high school were caught trying to get tattooed at a local parlor (down here in Florida, minors cannot be tattooed without a parent's or guardian's permission).

Years ago, tattoo artists struggled to make ends meet. But with the recent wave of tattoo popularity, they have been elevated to near celebrity status. Heck, there has even been a reality show featuring tattoo artists on A&E. I find interviewing people painted with a lot of tattoos and body pierced like a porcupine to be rather amusing. They certainly do not command any credibility with me, but the kids sure seem to love them.

I guess I have always equated tattoos to a person's intelligence level. The more tattoos they have, the lower the IQ they appear to have. I don't know where I get this image from; maybe it was from watching a few prison documentaries where the inmates are interviewed, all of which are covered in tattoos. Somehow I don't find such people rather credible, nor are they anyone I want to be associated with, which is probably why I'll never get a tattoo. But then again, I guess I'm showing my age.

Tattoo Shading - The Key Secret To Great Tattoos!

Tattooing is a booming industry and growing every single day. Now there are even TV shows dedicated to the art that are catching fire. When you look around, tattoos are everywhere! Now you see them on people you know, see them in advertisements, and even on famous celebrities. So what makes a great tattoo? Of course it is great design, but there is one very big component that is critical to a really stunning and beautiful tattoo.

What is this component to a great tattoo?

It is simple

Tattoo Shading.

Tattoo shading is the part of the tattoo where a two dimensional tattoo becomes a three dimensional tattoo. It is the part of the tattoo where flat lines take shape and holds a certain degree of depth to make the tattoo "pop" out. There is even a whole style of tattoo shading now that focuses only on black and grey tattoosno color, just black and white.

If a tattoo artist does not learn the technical yet critical aspect of tattoo shading, then a tattoo just falls flat. It is as simple as that. This one aspect of tattooing can be learned but it takes some real practice and some technical skill. Mastering tattoo shading and becoming known for doing great black and grey tattoos can really boost a tattoo artists reputation in the tattoo industry. Those who have mastered tattoo shading at an expert level are very well revered and respected.

Now there are great information resources online to help aspiring tattoo artists. Of course, the best way to really learn the skills is through an apprenticeship, but gaining the basic knowledge is first and foremost of importance. Learning all you can about tattoo shading and other steps in the tattoo process are key and luckily information is gaining in popularity. An example of a great source or brand for tattoo information is "The Ultimate Tattoo Guide" series. These guides help budding tattoo artists get the basic tattoo knowledge needed to start tattooing including aspects like tattoo shading, etc.

So if you want to break into doing great tattoos that will get make people turn their heads, it is CRITICAL to master the art of tattoo shading. Without it, a tattoo is just not a real tattooa piece of real art.

Car Insurance -- How You Can Make Huge Savings 5

You can make a lot of savings in car insurance by taking out some time to really understand a few things. With proper understanding of ways you can cut costs and still remain well-covered. You can shave off up to $2,000 from your insurance premium annually. This tip will help you...

There are different policies as far as your car insurance is concerned. You can go for comprehensive, collision or third party. You can even include some add ons depending on your peculiar circumstances. These add ons come at a price. However, not getting the right policy will cost you a lot more on the long run.

If you want to save a bundle, opt for third party only cover. It's the minimum required by law in most places. This policy takes care of the other vehicle, not yours, in the event of an accident. Your own car is not covered. This means that you'll have to pay out of your own pocket to fix your car. This should be your preferred choice if you have an old car.

Just to ensure we are all on the same plate, let's explain briefly the other popular policies: Comprehensive and collision. A comprehensive plan covers your car, the other car and persons involved in the accident as well as losses due to fire, theft and vandalism. A collision policy covers your car if you crash into another object. Now, back to our discourse...

If, for example, you get a comprehensive cover for an old car, your insurance company will only pay you the value of your car at the time of the accident. Add to that your deductible (An amount you must pay before your insurance fulfills its obligation) and you'll discover that if your car is just an old one (not a classic), what you'll get will not be worth the premiums you'd have been paying.

If an insurance policy won't pay off on the long run, it certainly isn't worth the pains.

And did I say that different insurance companies will charge you differently for a similar policy? So how do you know the best and cheapest if not by getting quotes from a number of insurance companies?'

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Reveal More Than Mere Art with Celtic Tattoos

The Celts never wrote their history, except only when the Greek and Roman civilizations penetrated their culture and introduced a formal form of writing. Yet in the remainder of their golden age, art and literature that they nourished were transferred orally from one generation to the next.

They were fierce warriors, great artists, uphold extreme faith with gods and very superstitious. Each of these contributed largely to their awesome art forms and all these attributes can be seen in their arts depicted in modern Celtic tattoos.

One of the more popular design choices in the tattoo industry focuses more on Celtic designs. This trend may be attributed mainly to the universality of their concepts that even now, modern artists can modify designs that were patterned initially from Celtic art.

Their concepts are unquestionably perfect and suited for self-expression that anyone can take a pattern and wear it without negating personal artistic expression. (That reason alone would help us presume why Celtic tattoos are extremely popular. After all, the idea with tattoos is to be able to express something that would maintain itself even after the real meaning of the design has gone.)

Ancient forms of Celtic arts are typically characterized with interlacing symbols, elaborate patterns, perfect knotwork, zoomorphics, spirals, and colorful outlines that most consider abstract. Most of which illustrate a complete cycle, especially the Celtic knots.

Many other tribal groups modified traditional Celtic art forms into their own. One classic example are the Viking raiders who embraced the art form and produced more chaotic effects that characterized their main culture. Another is the adaptation of neighboring lands of interwoven knotwork patterns in the manuscript that went down into the medieval and succeeding eras.

While Celtic culture has considerably declined during the passing of years, many traditions were still in existence these days. Though the majority of us may not realize this fully, some of our conventional art forms were influenced by Celtic traditions. Some are subtly done while others have openly expressed Celtic arts. Say for example the Celtic tattoos that are popular these days.

The knotworks as we have noted earlier, express something deep. And these must be seen that way. This is one reason why while many other traditional art forms have vanished, we still enjoy the beauty that may only be had from Celtic illustrations.

Knotworks expresses the close association and repeated intertwining between the physical, natural and the spiritual world. The never-ending pattern (since knotwork shows no beginning and no end) portrays the tangling of the permanence and termination of existence, faith, love and life. Celtic designs modified for tattoos also convey underlying emotions that may not be simply addressed with stereotypical patterns that we normally see.

Celtic tattoos try not to copy nature perfectly (after all perfection is no longer characterized with nature). They don't duplicate the natural world and they are not representational. Somewhat, they lean more on the abstract art forms that many people admire.

We may say that an artistic heart shape (that is normally seen in tattoos) communicates passion but a crooked Celtic designs in the form of animal or a cross may mean more than just that. They can address indirect expressions, often bordering within mysteries and religious symbolism.

With all these said it would now be easier for us to comprehend why, with all choices of tattoo designs that we can gain from other cultures, we remain to be passionate with Celtic art forms.

Henna Tattoo: When You're a Bit Doubtful

Thinking of reconsidering yet you still can't fight the urge to be "cool like everyone else"? Well, you are fortunate to have an option that will help set your mind when it comes to tattooing. Why not try henna tattoo.

Don't be confused. While most of us know that henna is simply henna tattoo, it would be good to note that the actual process is called Mehndi.

Mehndi is a tradition as ancient as time. We may see variations of this practice among other cultures yet there is no other culture that has created significant influence in this form of practice than that of the Indians.

In the past centuries, Mehndi has been used in ritualistic and ceremonial activities that typically cover religious practices. However, with the revival of tattoo industry, the art of Mehndi has seen its second glory days.

So what now is Mehndi?

In a sense, Mehndi is an art that aims to create temporary markings on a person's skin, whatever the purpose is appropriate for the practice. The primary constituent of this art is the use of henna powder (from which the term henna tattoo was derived from). This powder is gathered from the plant species named as Lawsonia inermis that is typically found in dry and hot regions such as the Middle East and India.

The leaves are ideally used for henna tattooing (in the form of a prepared paste that is used in henna designs) while the lower parts of the plants are used in other purposes like hair treatment, skin conditioners and heat rash relief.

The henna powder is in itself greenish in color. Yet once it is applied on human skin, the red-orange shade becomes more prominent. Although we can find strange colors in the market these days. (Note: henna powders that come in black cause the strongest allergic reactions known. Second to it are the artificially produced colors.) Henna powder is still best used in its purest form.

Henna tattoos come in familiar traditional designs. These by large are used in wedding ceremonies as an adornment for the hands and feet of the brides-to-be. In typical cases, the henna tattoos design are intricate and very artistic in nature.

The process of this ritual lasts for hours and require the individual to remain still so as to produce the best effects.

Henna tattoos are known to hold well in feet and hands. This may be attributed to the fact that these areas are in general, dry. Thus the color holds faster and better. Nonetheless, henna tattoos can be applied anywhere in the body (including the skin of the face!).

Now, question often arises why there are henna tattoos that last longer in the skin while many may wash off in a span of few weeks. Well, the answer lies solely in the natural property of your skin to hold as much color. There are skin types that are not as absorbent as others.

These days, due to the popularity of body art and tattooing, henna tattoos are becoming the main choice among undecided customers. Many who contemplates on inking or not inking their skin normally find comfort in henna tattoos since they get to see the features of the tattoos first before they have it done permanently. Some find contentment with the temporary designs though.

You see, whatever your interests might be, you still are in advantage of experiencing a beautiful art culture.

About Tattoo Machine

What You Should Know About Tattoo Machine

The decision of getting a tattoo is an important endeavor to consider. It is intended to live for a long time on your skin. Therefore, you must not jump on the thought of getting a tattoo if you have not taken things into serious consideration. You do not surely want to deal with its mess in the near future. So, before finally deciding on going to the tattoo artist, be very concrete with your decision.

The Basics of Tattoo Making

Tattoos come in different designs and styles. Artists can include their own creations too as part of their manuals. If you are one person who desires to get a unique tattoo on your skin, better seek for the opinion of the artist. He’s the one who’s going to do the deed therefore he knows what will look good on your skin. It pays off to avail of the service of an expert tattoo artist as compared to the experimental work of an amateur.

So how are tattoos inscribed onto the human skin? Wherever you intend to place your tattoo, there is one sure way of getting it imprinted onto your skin. That is through the use of the tattoo machine. Tattoo artists make use of ink. The ink is injected onto the human skin through the use of an electrically maneuvered tattoo machine. The tattoo machine closely resembles the appearance and the sound created by the dental drill which is commonly found in dental clinics.

The tattoo machine employs a firm needle that is able to move up and down so that it punctures the skin from 50 up to 3,000 times in every minute that passes. As the process goes on, the needle gets to penetrate onto the skin by a millimeter and therefore dumps drops of insoluble ink right there on the skin.

The History of the Tattoo Machine

The tattoo machine was first thought of in the later part of the 1800s. Its inventor was Samuel O’Reilly. Samuel O’Reilly patterned the design of his tattoo machine from the autographic printer, which is one engraving machine created by Thomas Edison. The autographic printer was basically geared towards the engraving of some hard surfaces.

O’Reilly employed little innovations and modifications with the engraving machine of Edison. He did so by replacing the tube system and then by changing the rotary-driven electromagnetic swinging unit so that the machine will be able to drive the needle towards movement.

The Vital Components of the Modern-Day Tattoo Machines

As the tattoo machines evolved, several factors came forth as virtual parts of these. They are the sterilized needle, electric motor, tube system, and the foot pedal.

The Need to Sterilize the Tattoo Kits

The tattoo machine is known to produce a puncture wound as it goes on with its natural flow of ink injection onto the skin. Because the needle gets close contact with the skin, there comes the great possibility of causing infection or contamination of diseases. Tattoo artists must focus more on the sterilization of the materials as well as following the single-use scheme. The disposable materials should therefore be kept away. The artist must ensure that his hands are completely sanitized before getting into work. These measures must carefully be followed to secure both their safety as well as their clients’.

The use of the tattoo machines badly hurt. The pain is similar to the sting of a bee, a pinch, or a burning sensation. If you think you can handle the ordeal brought about by the tattoo, then so be it. Just be sure that you won’t regret it.

Say It All With A Tattoo

As many of you might have presumed by now, tattoo is actually a practice that have endured both time and criticism.

We don't know exactly how many years or centuries the world has wakened into tattooed body parts. But the earliest that we can note by now (for which other resources may contend otherwise) is the remains of the mummified iceman dated as far back as 3300 BC. For the Egyptians however, along with the Nubian mummies, the records of tattooing have only been known for only around 2000 years. For other records, classical authors shed information on the existence of the practice among the earliest Britons, Gauls, Thracians and Germans.

The discovery by the Europeans led to the wide acceptation of the practice in the western world. Yet, since tattoos were closely associated with criminals, pirates and the likes, it was not as welcomed among other societies. And presumably, this is the point of view that went with the passing of the years.

Obviously enough, people, societies and cultures connote different meanings with the practice of tattooing. Although it is normally viewed as an instrument of self-expression through body decorations. For some groups, tattoos act as marks to signify the social position of an individual. For some, it signifies as a passage of rite especially in entering manhood (or womanhood).

While modern tattooing methods feature the use of a machine to create skin injections of ink, more primitive methods include literal scaring of the skin to produce bruises where pigments are implanted. With more advanced methods among tribes that employ the practice, metals are used to scrape the surface of the skin and sooth is the typical marker.

Fortunately, we need not experience extreme pain with such techniques. Nowadays, tattoos are made by punching ink into the dermis layer of the skin by means of a needle. Now, what we see is the ink that remained.

While the epidermis seems to hold most of the ink, the reverse is true. The dermis, where skin cells are more stable does not renew (or exfoliate). This is why once the skin is stained with ink, the tattoo will remain drawn into it for life.

One may notice that the main principle propelling the process is patterned after the sewing machine. The tattooing machine itself is composed of a needle that drives ink into the dermis. This solid, sterilized needle moves at an average rate of 50 to 30,000 per minute depending on the control of the powered foot switch. The needle is regularly dipped into the ink for continuous supply and will then be punched into the skin.

Much of the concern while undergoing the tattooing process is focused on the safety of the person. This is mainly because the skin is susceptible to infections when wounded. And that exactly how the whole process goes. Besides, all paraphernalia used hold great possibilities for contamination. This is why it is important that 1) all disposable items are discarded once used and 2), all items undergo sterilization after each session.

Tattooing starts with outlining of the pattern. Understandably, this is the process where the tattoo artist shows his mettle. Clear lines must have proper depth, otherwise the skin may not absorb the ink properly and blurring of the image may occur.

Afterwhich, the artist will continue on with the shading of the design. Color will then be added as part of the finishing touch.

Tattoo Supply: Is it Safe?

Back in the olden days, tattoos were fondly used by the natives to emphasize their skill in creating ornaments for their bodies. They were typically of the tribal designs. Tattoos are in reality artistically crafted. Intricate designs, shapes, and figures are associated with the tattoo procedure. There also came the notion that tattooed individuals are those who’ve had their own dose of sufferings or years of stay in the prison cells. But these days, getting a tattoo is held to be a form of self-expression.

What is the truth about tattoo supply?

Tattoo supplies are never deficient. A lot of tattoo artists thrive around every corner. But whether or not you want a washable or permanent tattoo on your skin, you must remember to consult only the most trusted tattooists. The pay may be high but you can also be sure of the quality. You certainly do not wish to spend your whole life enduring the tattoo which does not make any pleasurable appeal to you.

When it comes to the tattoo supply from where you want to choose from, there will never be any form of shortage as there are thousands of designs in existence. The question is: “Is it safe to get a tattoo?” You may brag your tattoo to your friends or you may create an exemplary impression because of your tattoo. But once you experience the ordeal which these tattoos may give you, there is no point of turning back time.

What are the possible dangers which these tattoos may give you?

Obviously, a lot of tattoos can be applied without the hassles but then, there is always a great possibility regarding a less desirable outcome for the matter. It is based on this concern that there are a number of possible risks which may confront you. They do not in any way deserve to be ignored.

There is an equipment that is used for imprinting the tattoo. Its being unclean can put you into a grave danger. It can be the most possible source of a disease which can be transferred to you. It can likewise cause skin infection.

When the skin gets infected, thus swelling, pain, and redness starts to arise, there comes the need to call for a licensed physician which will then inspect the height of the inspection. For less graver circumstances, the patient may be required to undergo series of medications or if it is the other way around, the patient may be hospitalized. Once the patient decides on having the tattoo removed, the only recourse would be to undergo surgery. It is in fact another ordeal to deal with.

A less health-related risk which tattoo may bring a person is in terms of its appearance on the skin. If the tattoo session had been held by a backstreet amateur artist, the process may be called as a little experimental. The tattoo may be quite messy and undesirable. Now if the tattoo is removed, of course, a scar will be left in its place. Now this will serve as a reminder that there was once a tattoo on the skin.

Getting a tattoo is not a thing to be hastily decided upon. It requires a lot of weighing things including the pros and the cons. One false move will be a thing to regret all throughout your life.

Feminine Tattoos

For the woman who wants a delicate image permanently inked into her skin, feminine tattoos may be just the ticket. Simply put, feminine tattoos are gender specific and are usually of a more dainty nature because they are designed with a woman in mind. Small hearts, butterflies and other similar images are all popular examples of what many women choose when looking for feminine tattoos.

Butterfly tattoos, which are one of the most popular feminine tattoos in existence, can symbolize several different meanings. As the caterpillar changes and grows into a butterfly, a beautiful change occurs. What was once unappealing has now become a vision of loveliness. Perhaps a butterfly tattoo would signify this change in a woman as she develops a new style, either outward or inward. A butterfly tattoo can also signify freedom, which is commonly associated with wings and flight. Perhaps a relocation, an important career choice or other venture has given a woman the opportunity to soar in a way that deserves recognition.

Flowers, another popular choice in feminine tattoos, are often selected as a symbol of passion or happiness. Red, which is the most popular color in roses, is often associated with love and passion. Yellow flowers signify happiness and joy, which makes this one of the most popular options for tattoo seekers.

A simple name is also very popular among feminine tattoos, which may include the wearer's name, that of her mate or a word that best describes her personality. Common selections include 'sexy,' 'diva,' 'hot' and other similar expressions that are fun choices for the woman who is both confident and feminine. When choosing a tattoo that consists only of letters, a dainty choice is the best way to go versus an overpowering design. If a tattoo is overly large, it loses it's femininity.

Now that you know what some of the most popular choices are, it's important to know where feminine tattoos are most commonly placed. The lower back, shoulder, ankle and hip are all famous locations for feminine tattoos. As is the case with any tattoos, the location choice will largely depend on the wearer's preference. It should be in a location that will not be inconvenient while healing and is not constantly rubbing against clothing material during this time.

Upon completing a tattoo, the artist will explain how to care for the area while it heals, how long to avoid touching the ink and potential warning signs to watch out for regarding infection. If a tattoo is not properly cared for, it can become infected. Therefore, it is always a good idea to listen to the advice presented by the tattoo artist. If extreme redness or swelling occurs, consult a physician immediately.

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It is not be used as a recommendation or advice relating to the application of feminine tattoos or any specific design. Individuals who are considering getting a tattoo should carefully weigh all of the risks associated with application and should also be selective in choosing a tattoo parlor or artist.

African Tattoo

Whether it's because of heritage or appreciation of the culture, many tattoo lovers are choosing to purchase an African tattoo. With it's climate ranging from tropical to cold and an abundance of wildlife, there is no shortage of image possibilities.

If you love animals, an African tattoo could be that of a lion, which symbolizes power and strength. Giraffes, deer and elephants, also commonly found on the world's second largest continent, are also popular animals found ranging freely throughout the African plains. Jungle creatures, including snakes, are also present along with various aquatic species.

In addition to it's landscape, varying climates and wide range of wildlife, Africa is known for both it's dance and music. Therefore, an African tattoo may symbolize some type of artistic expression in rhythm and/or movement. In addition, drums are the most commonly used instrument in African music and are therefore an excellent choice for an African tattoo.

Like other parts of the world, religion in Africa is diverse. As is the case with any region, spirituality is an important part of life and is often displayed openly as a sign of faith. Some individuals may choose to wear a symbol of their faith as jewelry, but others may opt for a tattoo to forever display their beliefs.

Because each African state differs in culture, landscape, economy and weather, there are many symbols that can be associated with each specific area. Some individuals may choose to have an African tattoo applied in the shape of the continent itself, but others may prefer a more personalized image that suits their individuality.

If you are considering an African tattoo, take the time to visit a local tattoo studio and inquire about possible options. If the artist does not have specific African tattoo samples, ask if he/she could achieve inspiration for a tattoo from an existing sketch, magazine photo or internet image. Quite often, a tattoo artist can use any type of artwork as inspiration for a tattoo and may be able to offer a unique design for anyone desiring an African tattoo.

A cultural symbol or one of heritage is often best expressed by the individual themselves. This simply means that each individual has different experiences and special moments in their lives that define their future. It is these moments and the symbols that make the most obvious choice for a tattoo. Permanent in nature, a tattoo is much like a memory. Neither can be erased and both have a tendency to transport us to another place and time.

The information contained in this article is designed to be used for reference purposes only. It is not designed to be used as a complete guide to the African culture and should not be used as a recommendation or advice relating to the application of an African tattoo or any specific design. Individuals who are considering getting a tattoo should carefully weigh all of the risks associated with application and should also be selective in choosing a tattoo parlor or artist.

Choosing a Back Tattoo

Back tattoos are probably the best kind of tattoos around. And it is very popular too.

Added to this factor, the even surface of the human back also counts as a plus in the aesthetic value of back tattoos.

There are two things you need to consider in getting a back tattoo: symbolism and aesthetics.

Symbolism - There are a number of symbolic meanings behind back tattoos. The placement of each tattoo often alters its meaning, and the placement of a tattoo in the back can have many interpretations.

A back tattoo can mean that someone has turned his/her back on whatever the tattoo signifies. One may choose to have a tattoo of a vice or habit, an ex, and anything they wish to tell people they have left behind in their lives.

In the east, having a back tattoo of an animal, or an organizational logo can mean that someone is “watching your back”. This would serve as a protection for those sporting the back tattoo.

A back tattoo found near the shoulder, especially on a woman, signifies a sort of innocent sensuality.

This enhances the sexual attraction to the wearer, especially if the back tattoo is revealed accidentally.

Another symbolically sensual location of a back tattoo is at the small of the back. It just seems so sexy, somehow… doesn’t it?

The use of back tattoo to convey hidden messages is evident in the fact that a slightly revealed tattoo on a person arouses another person’s curiosity and thus leads to social interaction.

Of course, the symbolism of tattoos also involves the images themselves.

With every image come a dozen or even more interpretations. You need to be careful in choosing a tattoo image that actually symbolizes or reflects your character.

However, for all the interpretations of other people, you need to remember that you are the one getting the tattoo. What’s important is the meaning the back tattoo has for you personally.

Everything else is just a matter of perception.

Aesthetics – You need to make sure that the back tattoo you will be getting actually looks good.

In aesthetics, you need to consider the skill of the tattoo artist. Some people tend to only look at the catalogues of the tattoo artist in order to see if they can get a good back tattoo. However, you also need to see examples of the tattoo artist work on actual akin. This way, you can be sure whether you are getting a quality back tattoo or not.

Included in the aesthetic quality or factor of a back tattoo is its size. Some people prefer small, yet elaborate back tattoos while others choose big, yet comparatively simple ones.

Some people would also prefer their back tattoos to be like frescoes on their bodies, with different elements, making a story on their backs.

Colors are also an important part in back tattoos. Some people prefer “earth” colors, blending those colors with the color of the skin and thus, achieving a “natural’ look.

Some people prefer to have back tattoos with colors that really stand out. This way, their skin color acts as the medium to truly express the image of the back tattoo.

There are some tattoo parlors which offer colorless and 3-dimensional tattoos. More like piercing than actual tattoos, these are getting very popular because of their “modern” look.

Dragon Tattoo- Your Choices From East to West

The dragon, more popularly seen as a strange reptile that is fond of abducting damsels, breathing fire and mercilessly killing knights, and not to say hoarding treasures had been a part of human culture. For thousands of years, this mythical creature had been the subject of human curiosity and his adoration for art. And while they are often portrayed in the books, paintings and the likes, the modern world has seen the dragon's potential place in the tattooing world.
The dragon, more popularly seen as a strange reptile that is fond of abducting damsels, breathing fire and mercilessly killing knights, and not to say hoarding treasures had been a part of human culture. For thousands of years, this mythical creature had been the subject of human curiosity and his adoration for art. And while they are often portrayed in the books, paintings and the likes, the modern world has seen the dragon's potential place in the tattooing world.

Thus, its popularity as major tattoo designs.

It is the symbol of power, of fear, of honor, of evil (and sometimes good), of protection, of virtually anything, depending on who you would ask. Nevertheless, dragon tattoos lend themselves so beautifully for the appreciation of both artists and audience.

Both the eastern and the western world adopted dragons in a wide spectrum of art forms including depicting them in body arts.

The cultures in Asia, more significantly the Chinese, Japanese and the Koreans were oriented to the belief that dragons are the benevolent protectors of humanity, the bringer of good fortune, the healer of the sick and the bearer of life. Eastern dragons were extensively used in marking human skin for ages.

Eastern dragon tattoos are significantly more mythical-like than western tattoos. These usually have grinning flat faces, and a serpentine body that extends long enough so as to accommodate a number of feet (only in size). But actually, these dragons only have two pairs of feet, one pair as front legs and the other as hind legs.

These dragon tattoos are also depicted large and elaborately designed, often seen wrapping a person's back or crawling on the surface of the skin. While the art of tattooing is perceived to have spread in many cultures around the globe, it is thought that the earliest tattoos were of eastern dragon designs since the formal art of tattooing actually started in Japan.

Western dragons, on the other hand, were portrayed in the exact opposite of the eastern dragons. They are unmerciful, breath nasty fire, and wreak havoc against humankind.

These dragons are often seen with more reptilian images. Scales cover their entire body and they are characterized with razor-sharp teeth and snouted mouth and face. Their wings are large and powerful as well. Thus, they were considered as the embodiment of evil and myths and legends testify to these attributes. Nonetheless, they are covered with certain degrees of mysteries and mystique that lead other people to conclude of their existence.

In dragon tattoos, western dragons are beautiful creatures with less elaborate designs as compared with those crafted from the eastern dragons. Western dragon tattoos with smoking nostril are popular as well as those that depict impressive span of dragon wings.

With the two types of dragon tattoos compared, it is likely that we discover that eastern dragon tattoos are more elaborately designed than the western dragons are. The latter are also smaller in size.

The meaning dragon tattoos represent may vary with the person wearing it or the person observing it. In a sense, their implications are so varied that it is impossible to contain all them and define them in one heap.

Not only do dragon tattoos testify to some symbolism, they are also so fluid that you may see them covering the entire or majority of the body parts. Some hard core tattoo enthusiasts even choose to adapt a dragon tattoo design that starts from their lower body towards the torso and the above parts.

It is the symbol of power, of fear, of honor, of evil (and sometimes good), of protection, of virtually anything, depending on who you would ask. Nevertheless, dragon tattoos lend themselves so beautifully for the appreciation of both artists and audience.

Both the eastern and the western world adopted dragons in a wide spectrum of art forms including depicting them in body arts.

The cultures in Asia, more significantly the Chinese, Japanese and the Koreans were oriented to the belief that dragons are the benevolent protectors of humanity, the bringer of good fortune, the healer of the sick and the bearer of life. Eastern dragons were extensively used in marking human skin for ages.

Eastern dragon tattoos are significantly more mythical-like than western tattoos. These usually have grinning flat faces, and a serpentine body that extends long enough so as to accommodate a number of feet (only in size). But actually, these dragons only have two pairs of feet, one pair as front legs and the other as hind legs.

These dragon tattoos are also depicted large and elaborately designed, often seen wrapping a person's back or crawling on the surface of the skin. While the art of tattooing is perceived to have spread in many cultures around the globe, it is thought that the earliest tattoos were of eastern dragon designs since the formal art of tattooing actually started in Japan.

Western dragons, on the other hand, were portrayed in the exact opposite of the eastern dragons. They are unmerciful, breath nasty fire, and wreak havoc against humankind.

These dragons are often seen with more reptilian images. Scales cover their entire body and they are characterized with razor-sharp teeth and snouted mouth and face. Their wings are large and powerful as well. Thus, they were considered as the embodiment of evil and myths and legends testify to these attributes. Nonetheless, they are covered with certain degrees of mysteries and mystique that lead other people to conclude of their existence.

In dragon tattoos, western dragons are beautiful creatures with less elaborate designs as compared with those crafted from the eastern dragons. Western dragon tattoos with smoking nostril are popular as well as those that depict impressive span of dragon wings.

With the two types of dragon tattoos compared, it is likely that we discover that eastern dragon tattoos are more elaborately designed than the western dragons are. The latter are also smaller in size.

The meaning dragon tattoos represent may vary with the person wearing it or the person observing it. In a sense, their implications are so varied that it is impossible to contain all them and define them in one heap.

Not only do dragon tattoos testify to some symbolism, they are also so fluid that you may see them covering the entire or majority of the body parts. Some hard core tattoo enthusiasts even choose to adapt a dragon tattoo design that starts from their lower body towards the torso and the above parts.