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Tattoo Design In Cultural History

Jul 15, 2008
It may be hard to believe but a tattoo design can say many things about a person's personality. Common tattoos found on individuals may signify life-changing events such as graduation from high school, a new child or even a romantic interest. But there are very few instances in the public realm, outside of prison systems, where the tattoo can mean the difference between life and death.

Henna tattooing is the perfect substitution and is nothing like the "lick and stick" tattoo art found in vending machines. Most associations with henna tattoo's are from those found on Indian brides. The soon to be married girl would be brought into a room where her family and friends would begin designing her temporary tattoo.

A great surprise though, Is the tattoo design most often found on Yakuza members is that of beautiful scenes with elaborate details. The method used though is less than beautiful. Yakuza members, as a way to test their resolve and strength, do not get tattooed with a tattoo machine. It is a hand held instrument that is not without pain. The images are not just a back tattoo either. From collar to ankle they span the entire body.

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.

For many the art tattoo represents a wilder side to their personality. Perhaps a bit of rebellion against the expected norms of a more staid and traditional society that looks upon a tattoo with wariness as the stigma associated with the art tattoo is not as widely spread to the more conservative. There are other individuals who use the tattoo as a means of remembrance for fallen family and friends or as a spiritual guide for their lives.

The tattoo design in Russia's history was not just limited to the criminal element. Sometimes the only way to rebel in an oppressive government was to design a derogatory tattoo of the local political tyrants. This was the only alternative to express your opinion in parts of the world where freedom of speech and press was not allowed.

This is particularly true if the individual has a rare genetic condition called a G6PD deficiency (G6PD deficiency is an inherited condition in which the body doesn't have enough of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, or G6PD, which helps red blood cells (RBCs) function normally.) 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.

A respectable tattoo shop is a business and the owner would like to keep it going. The best way to do that is by providing a safe healthy environment for their customers and providing excellent service to gain new customers. Word of mouth after all is the best advertising a business can get, but bad word of mouth can seriously hurt any tattoo design shops.
About the Author
Steven McCarthy has been researching how to treat skin problems with tattoo skin care products since my teens 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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