The Tattoo: Drawing on the Body

The practice of ancestors, a tattoo was born more than 4,500 years ago. Indeed, in the 1990s, researchers discovered between Italy and Austria, the tattooed body of a Neolithic hunter, which this time was preserved on the Hawauslabhoch glacier. Today, so popular traditional tattoo art was reserved at that time for a certain elite. Rite, an identity sign or protective emblem, Egyptians, Polynesians, Celts, and Japanese claimed this tribal practice until the 18th century.

Until 1774, when the researcher James Cook conducts an experiment in Tahiti and gradually transmits the tradition to the sailors.

From the ’70s to the ’80s, the tattoo becomes a symbol of “bad boys” – rockers, rappers, punks, and bikers. The appearance of these tattooed idols undoubtedly contributes to the gradual accentuation of the effect of fashion. As a result, tattoo parlors are rapidly spreading in Europe.

Rules to be followed before exposing your body to a tattoo

  • Age

A tattoo artist can legally tattoo a minor from the age of 16, but only if he has the consent of his parents. At the age of 16, the growth of a teenager has not yet ended. Therefore, it is necessary to discuss with him and his parents the desired place for a tattoo. Persons over 18 can do the tattoo as they please.

  • Choosing a tattoo artist

Even if the size of your future tattoo looks like a coin, it should be well executed. The style of your chosen tattoo artist should match your tastes and the type of tattoo that you want: traditional tattoo art, Japanese, geometric, tribal, watercolor, etc.

  • Find the idea of a tattoo

Every tattoo project starts with an idea. The essential point is not to be neglected, because it is important to explain it to the tattoo artist to avoid unpleasant surprises. It can be a tribute to a loved one, a specific date, memories, or important milestones in life – all these events can become the key to your next tattoo.

You can use the tips of magazines, and examples of your idols, but You must remember that fashion is by definition an ephemeral adviser, while a tattoo is permanent.

  • Safety

It is necessary to make sure that the tattoo artist observes some basic rules of hygiene and uses them to avoid the risk of infection.

  • Tattoo Machine

The Machine is at the heart of the Artist’s equipment. It is the equivalent of the paintbrush to the Painter. Two types of machines dominate this field, and both basic principles have been around for about the same time. The Coil Machine is still the most popular, as it seems to duplicate the ancient ‘stick and pin’ method of tattooing. This manual technique is still in use with isolated tribesmen around the world. The other main type is the Rotary tattoo Machine which uses a motorized hand-held pen-like device to make very fine artwork. The Artist uses his experience to make choices between the two types and sometimes carries both types.    

  • What to do if the tattoo is disliked?

There are two possible solutions.

– The first option – is tattoo removal. A device used by dermatologists for this procedure, called Q-Switched, heats and explodes the tattoo pigments, turning them into small particles, which are then removed by the body. This “pleasure” takes a long time and is expensive.

– The second option is to cover your tattoo with another one.

Care for tattooed skin

Over time, your skin ages. If you do not take care, lines, drawings or colors will suffer. The main responsibility for this degradation is the sun. That’s why regularly protect it with 30% or 50% UV cream. Another important change: is physical. Weight gain or muscle mass, or weakening of the skin with age, will undoubtedly change your tattoo. The less detail a tattoo and the more it is, the better – note the experienced tattoo artists.

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