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It will not be wrong to say that tattoos are forever. They are permanent body etchings that define who you are, what your beliefs are, and what your perception of life is. Not limited to only what you see, you could also have tattoos inspired by your imagination. The fact that you could have anything as a tattoo may confuse you as to what tattoo design you should choose. But as all tattoo ideas have a theme to them, it is possible to divide them in different categories. Below is a list of major categories that have inspired many people to get inked:
You could decide to get a symbol tattooed with whose meaning you can relate well. For example, the infinity symbol (âˆž) conveys that there is nothing called death and every being is eternal, as the soul never dies. Many lovers get this symbol tattooed along with a heart and/or the name of their partner, as for them it represents their infinite love for the other. Religious symbol tattoo ideas are also very popular, which include Cross, Ohm, Swastika, Crescent, and Yin-Yang.
Animals, birds, and insects? Of course, if you are an animal lover, you could get your favorite animal inked. In the insect and bird section, butterflies, sparrows, parrots, lovebirds, and grasshoppers are most popular. By giving these tattoo ideas a splash of colors and heavy shading, they can be made to look 3-D. Apart from being enticing, these animal and insect tattoos carry a deeper meaning as well. For instance, butterflies and birds are associated with freedom and reincarnation while tattoos depicting cheetah, tiger, and antelope convey speed, fearlessness, and action respectively.
They may be small but can represent some of your most intense beliefs. If there is a quote in which you strongly believe, you could get it inked in little alphabets. Small tattoo designs are never overwhelming; they are subtle and cute. Such a design is also the first tattoo idea for a first timer or for someone, who fears tattoo pain. Conjure tattoo designs from your imagination. Just like dress and jewelry pieces, many tattoo enthusiasts want to have unique tattoo ideas. If you are one of them, then either you could ask your tattoo artist to think of a unique design or you could use your imagination and create a design for yourself. You can find inspiration anywhere like fashion blogs, religious symbols, animation, art, etc. If you have an idea but cannot find a symbol or a tattoo art, which does justice to it, you should not hesitate to relay it to your tattoo artist. As these artists have vivid imagination, they will be able to suggest some great tattoo ideas.
The history goes back to many centuries. In fact, the earliest mention of this art can be found in texts dated in BCE. From all the ancient texts, it can be concluded that the common purpose of a tattoo was to convey the status of a person in the society, his profession, or his achievement. Both men and women have been found to don this beautiful art. Since the aesthetic value of tattoos was not much in those times, the ideas did not vary as per gender. Tattoos solely had a functional purpose.
In Borneo, there were mainly women tattoo artists. They would tattoo the men showing which tribe they belonged to and what their rank was. Women also had tattoos of the skills in which they were proficient. It was a kind of advertisement. Moreover, if a woman knew an important or rare skill, her chances of getting married to a reputable family increased manifold. In the same society, good tattoo ideas were inked on the fingers and wrist with a view to drive away diseases.
Tattoo ideas were especially popular in Egypt. Slaves, who were involved in the construction of the pyramids, sported tattoos. The exact meaning behind these tattoos is still unknown. However, it was most probably done for keeping track of the slaves. From Egypt, the tattoo art spread to Arabic, Greek, and Persian civilizations.
Tattoos with meaning were found amongst the Greeks. The spies of the State had tattoos depending on their designations. It was how one spy could identify the other without any verbal communication. The Romans, on the other hand, used the tattoo art for permanently marking the slaves and criminals. The art was thus used as a punishment for the wrongdoer and deterrent for others.
The Ainu people of Japan's Hokkaido Island tattooed their girls when they reached puberty. The history in this tribe is long and it is through this tribe that tattoos became known to other parts of Japan. The women of the Kayan tribe that resides in parts of Thailand and Burma used to have them all over their bodies. Only women could tattoo other women. Men were only involved in the making of tattoo stencils. A warrior of the tribe was called Dayak. Whenever a Dayak killed a ferocious animal, he was to have a tattoo covering his entire back. However, if he was only a member of the group that killed the animal then he would have tattoos on his fingers and hands. The tattoo ideas may have been inspired by the animal that was killed.
Early texts suggest that tattoo art was popular in Britain until the land was invaded by the Normans in 1066 BCE. The Norman kings did not appreciate body art and thus, there is no record of tattoos between 12th and 16th century. In the latter part of 17th century, William Dampher, an explorer arrived in London with a Polynesian male with tattoos all over his body. The distinct body art caught the attention of Londoners. People began to call the man The Painted Prince. However, they became a rage only during the last years of 18th century. Captain Cook happened to bring along a Polynesian male with tattoos and this time, the upper class picked up the trend. People were more experimental but they did not like tattoo pain. Hence, mostly small tattoo ideas were preferred and they were done on discreet areas.
In the USA, New York City was the birthplace of modern tattoo. Samuel O'Reilly was a tattoo artist from Boston and as New York City was the entertainment hub of that era, he opened a tattoo parlor there. Charlie Wagner was an apprentice at the parlor and he was responsible for carrying on the art after Samuel passed away. Charlie Wagner along with Lew Alberts had a thriving tattoo business for years.
However, the Great Depression brought down the popularity of tattoos. Tattoo parlors moved away from New York and appeared near naval bases. Naval officers would get tattoos that would recite stories of their travels across the seas. Post 2nd World War, the body art lost its relevance. Tattoo parlors were mainly visited by goons, biker gangs, etc. For long, reputable people stayed away from tattoo art.
It was only around 1960s that tattoo ideas began to be appreciated again, thanks to Lyle Tuttle. With an appearance of a sane man and a handsome body with tattoos all over, he broke the negative mindset that was attached with the art. Women became impressed with his ability and approached him in groups for getting tattoos with meaning. Truly, he brought so much exposure to tattoo that its popularity has not dipped until now.
The influence of the meanings of the tattoo ideas can be seen in present-day tattoo designs as well. People belonging to a certain music group have similar tattoos just as the early tribe members would have. A host of TV series depicts ideas that bind group members of a secret society. Generally, by tapping or tracing the tattoo, they could summon their leader or a member of a higher rank. These interpretations have popularized them and have helped the art thrive in the modern society.