Most people are getting tattoos for aesthetic, ritual or social reasons. Tattooing is a permanent injection of ink of different colors into the skin with the help of specially made needles.
There were always, and there will be a large number of people who are just thinking about tattooing, interested in tattooing as a phenomenon, but they are not sure if they want it on their skin or is it a right moment for one.
Until recently, people with tattoos were mostly associated with specific groups in society and stereotypes. Today, the awareness of this phenomenon is entirely different.
The tattooing became a part of the trend, as well as a fashion detail, a symbol of personal attitude and got the status of an incentive. Tattooed people are of all ages, sexes, occupations and social status.
Tattoos Were Known in Ancient Times
The body paint appears in the Stone Age, and then in Inca, Maja, various tribes from Europe, and then the ancient Egyptians, and also in ancient Greece tattooed slaves for punishment. The first example is the tattoos of Maori tribes from New Zealand, so it is considered that word tattoo comes from their word tatau. The Old Slavic tattooed the entire body of the ruin as a ticket for rituals of the ancient cult of fertility. In the fourth century, Roman Emperor Constantine abolished the facial tattoo, which was commonplace for convicts, soldiers, and gladiators. The Celts made their bodies permanently dyed with a plant of blue color. The most common motives were spirals, like knots and braids, which symbolized the connection of all living beings on earth. By tattooing the streets like a sliver, Kelts pointed to the importance of choosing life directions.
However, its popularity at the end of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries tattooing is due to the circus. Each larger circus was obliged to employ a few fully-fledged people who either appeared in a minor program or performed traditional circus points – swords of swords and the like. The first tattoo salon was opened in New York in 1846, and clients were soldiers from the both sides in the American civil war. In 1891, Conductor Samuel O’Reilly patented an electric tattoo machine – a machine based on Edison’s electronic pen, which contributed to the expansion of the tattoo.
Fashion, Art or Destruction of Body?
In recent years, tattooing has reached the peak of popularity in the minds of people. Styles are numerous and distinguished by different motifs: from the domain of the spiritual, ranging from traditional to local or innovative. For years, tattooing has been a “male matter,” or it has been labeled by persons from marginal social strata, while today almost every other person has a tattoo.
And why do people tattoo? The prior research found the answer in pathology, and today they are practically dealing with an emotional background. They say it’s a mental presentation of their own telesync. Psychoanalysts for tattoos say that words or symbols are on the body because they carry a message, say something intimate about the person who carries them and what he may not be able to tell. People want to express and visualize their personality, diversity, and uniqueness.
Back in the last few decades, people worn tattoos more covered with the clothes, and tattoos were less visible and more personal thing. Today, tattooing considering the places where the tattoo would be immediately noticeable, most often in the ankle or the arm, which shows that tattooing is less and less used to express the attitude or belonging to a group as before, but more and more becomes a fashion detail.
Even teenagers today are craving for a tattoo, supposedly expressing their attitudes that in fact have not yet been formed. They aspire to show that they have grown up and to emphasize the sexuality of their body, maybe too early. Psychologists underline that sometimes tattooing may express a protest against something and that it can carry a deeply encrypted message that neither the teenager is aware of and which can only be blurred in later life.
Tattooing myths or facts?
-Researches showed that adults with tattoos are more sexually active
-Tattooed people have been shown to be more likely to engage in more higher risk behaviors
-Women who have tattoos are more than twice as likely to get them removed as men
-Researchers have found that people with tattoos and other body modifications were rated as more likely to be thrill and adventure seekers, to have a higher number of previous sexual partners, and to be less inhibited than non-tattooed.
-A study has shown that every person had more upper body appreciation, and lower anxiety immediately after getting new tattoos.