There has always been trends for certain kinds of tattoos in the past, and there always will be in the future too. But some tattoo artists want to stand out and do something different than the usual ‘fashionable’ designs that are of the moment. This makes sense, as if you think about it, if you get inked with a ‘trendy’ tattoo design of the moment, it may well be out of fashion the following year, and you could be left with a permanent inking that is no longer fashionable.
So getting something that is original and innovative could certainly be the way forward, and will give you something that will stay relevant, in your eyes at least for a long time. We have seen some very strange but wonderful ideas over the years. The tattoo of a casino slot game on somebody’s back sticks out as being one. But there are many more that are a lot deeper and more imaginative, and some that even tell a story.
If you have had a personal experience in your life that has been very prominent in your life, then you may want to try and detail this in the form of a tattoo. A lot of people do this, and it gives them a permanent reminder of these things that happened in their life. It could be anything from the birth of their child to the death of a parent.
Some tattoo artists are very good at getting an idea from your head down onto paper and then into a design for a tattoo. Try and find an artist that has a reputation for being someone with incredible talent and the ability to do this. Then take your time to tell him everything about the story you want transformed into a tattoo. Their creative thinking will then be able to take over and get this into a design that will give you all the memories you want.
We live in a society that inexorably ties personal identity to outward appearance. We communicate who we are through the clothes we don, the makeup we wear, and the fashions we do or don’t follow. Some people choose more unusual forms of self-expression such as body modification which includes tattoos, piercings, and rather recently – scarification.
Scarification leaves a distinct mark on the skin like tattooing but no ink is used. Instead, parts of the epidermis (the topmost layer of skin) are cut and sometimes large areas of skin are removed. When these cuts heal, they leave scars in their wake. Artists skilled at scarification can create very detailed images and writing, similar to tattooing. The results of scarification are more varied than traditional tattoos however due to individual variation in healing and scar formation.
So is scarification a truly novel art form? According to a recent report in National Geographic, the answer is no. The peoples of the western Pacific region have a long history of tattooing and scarification. Rather than being a mode of self-expression, body modification in these traditional societies has more of a cultural connotation. For example, in the Sepik region of Papua New Guinea, scarification, which is performed using slivers of bamboo, is an integral part of the initiation rite for young men.
Some speculate that the newfound interest in scarification in industrialized countries is a reflection of our nostalgia for a simpler way of life. Or perhaps it’s due to our romanticized notions of “primitive man”. Whatever the reason, scarification’s growing popularity ensures it will leave a mark on our society.
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