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Tattoo Design Renaissance

Jul 5, 2008
Many people decide on a art tattoo design based on a special occurrence in their lives. It might be a deceased loved one's name or even a current husband or wife. People want to let others know that their tattoo has meaning and is not just a passing fancy. Regardless of modern reasons, the tattoo once held deeper meaning. It could mean the difference between life and death for the wearer.

Japan's history of tattooing goes back to 10000 B.C.E. to 300 B.C.E. (Before the Common Era). It was used for healing, identifying a soldier should he perish on the battlefield and be stripped of his armor and even to identify rites of passage for certain tribes. Perhaps the most familiar of Japanese body art is associated with the organized crime group the Yakuza. Similar to the Italian Mafia, the Yakuza has long been associated with the less than desirable elements of society. Anything from illegal gambling to racketeering is within its grasp.

One of the benefits of Henna is that it is a natural product. As such there is a great leeway for experimentation in design. Traditional designs do not have to be used and there are many kits available that include design patterns. The henna tattoo removal is simply the skin replenishing the cells and forcing the dye out of the body.

There are tattoo studios that do offer permanent designs that resemble the henna tattoo. These tattoos are put into place with the typical tattoo machines but use a red dye that will remain permanent. A note of caution concerning henna is the use of a product labeled as "black henna" or an indigo. Natural henna does not come in dark shades.

Whereas in many cultures tattooing was solely reserved for warriors, the Egyptians practiced the art tattoo for women in service to the Gods and Goddesses. This spirituality is one of the more common reasons for tattooing. They believed that by paying homage with the body, it assured the wearer a more devoted retribution from their chosen deity and a greater chance for a rewarding afterlife.

The cost of an original tattoo can be expensive, but not blending into the crowd with the same tattoo as five other people in the room more than makes up for it. By getting your ink done at one of the better places you'll get superior craftsmanship and more help if something is not to your satisfaction. You will always get what you pay for, if you don't want to pay then you will not get superior craftsmanship.

The dark colors are actually made by combining henna with a chemical. There can be very harsh side effects such as skin blistering. As with any product, even a natural one such as henna, there can be allergic reactions. This is particularly true if the individual has a rare genetic condition called a G6PD deficiency. In large doses the dye molecule in henna can be fatal. If it is unknown whether or not henna will cause an allergic reaction it is best to do a small skin test.

Far too often spur of the moment decisions factor into which art tattoo design a person chooses. Ultimately it would be great if every person put thought and planning into their ink work. After all, each tattoo is a way to communicate to the world what the person has to say. Are they really proud of that frog tattoo on their back or could a different tattoo been chosen to show their carefree ways? Whatever tattoo is chosen, each is a story waiting to be told.
About the Author
Steven McCarthy has been researching how to treat skin problems using tattoo skin care products and written many papers on the topic so that quickly understanding skin care information is not something that has to be difficult for you. Check out www.treatingskinproblems.com
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