Tattoo Arts

Tattoo has been a taboo in most of the countries in the world for many years. But lately, it has been a popular culture because people like beautiful things and tattoos are considered as decoration to make the body beautiful. Tattoo has been used as attraction to other people.

Today, people choose to be tattooed for cosmetic, religion/beliefs, sentimental/memorial and to make symbol to show the identity of the tattoo owner on which group they belong, including criminal groups, tribes, etc. Tattoo pigment is buried deep into skin that even severe burns will not damage the tattoo.

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A Unique Tribal Tattoo

 

New artists that have experience in fine art became tattoo artist, along with the growth of tattoo culture. Development in tattoo pigments and the equipment used for tattooing produced high quality tattoo.

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  Japanese Dragon Tattoo Design by Greg James

Some tribes, especially in Africa and in the Pacific traditionally created tattoos by cutting designs into the flesh and rubbing the resulting wound with ink or ashes. Some cultures create tattoos by manually tapping the ink into the skin using sharpened sticks, bones or needle, by hand.

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Traditional Tattoo Making in Progress

 

The most common method of tattooing nowadays is by using the electric tattoo machine, which inserts ink into the skin through needles that are attached to a bar. This machine repeatedly put the needles in and out of the skin rapidly, usually 80 to 150 times a second. This procedure is sanitary compared to traditional tattooing. The needles are used only once, while the tattoo artist must wash their hand and the area that will be tattooed to avoid infection of any kinds. Gloves must be worn and the wound must be wiped frequently with a wet disposable cloth.

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Tattoo Machines

 

The area of the body that has chosen for tattoo will be cleaned, usually with rubbing alcohol. Then, any hair will be removed from the area by shaving it with a new disposable razor which will be discarded after being used. Smallest hairs can cause problems. Therefore, this is a crucial step. Then, the area will be cleaned again to make sure it is smooth and ready for the transfer of traced design.

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Mark Dacoscos in Crying Freeman. Japanese Tattoo can be found on his body.

Most studios today use a machine called a thermal-fax to make stencils. This saves time by simply inserting the tattoo design into the machine, and it transfers it on a special thermal paper. Once the stencil is ready, it’s time to transfer it to the skin. When the paper is pulled away from the skin, it will leave a purple trace of the tattoo.

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Lucky Diamond Rich, World’s Most Tattooed Man

 

 

After preparing the equipments, the tattoo artist will start doing the line works, and afterwards, all the colouring and shading. When the tattoo is finished and clean, it needs to be treated just like a wound. A protective layer of special paper will be applied to the tattoo to prevent infection. Then a bandage will be applied and taped up to make sure it is secure. In order to keep the tattoo in good condition, aftercare instruction given by the tattoo artist should be followed.

 

Sources:

Tattoo Blog: http://www.tattooblog.org

Painful Pleasures’ Tattoo Supplies: http://www.painfulpleasures.com/xcart/customer/home.php?cat=220

Tattoo Designs: http://www.tattoofinder.com/

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