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Tattoos: The Art Of The Body Tattoos have different impact on different people, as each individual views tattoos differently. Tattoos are head turning work of arts. The designs and arts of tattoos varies from person to person depending on each of their reasons on why they got one. These designs are truly magnificent work of arts that the second you look at a tattoo, you would right away think of getting one. Nowadays, tattoos are widely accepted work of arts in the society compared to what it was in the past, although there are still a lot of people that doesn’t like the idea of having a permanent ink in their body. Different people may have different reasons for getting a tattoo but one thing is for sure, tattoos are work of art that is as ancient as mankind itself. The word tattoo is taken from the Tahitian term “tatu” that means to touch something. The first ever recorded account of a man having a tattoo was found during the early 1900s and was discovered at Southern Europe. As the scientists carbon dates the remains of the said man, they found out that he existed 5,300 years ago. The number of tattoos found in his body is estimated to be fifty eight tattoos. Archaeologists theorized that the man is a person of significance in his society. The materials used for the man’s tattoos are largely charcoal along with water based materials.
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Ancient people believed that tattoos have the power to ward off not only bad luck but sickness as well. The first ever recorded accounts of using needles in inking tattoos to the body where during ancient Egyptian Civilization. A lot of artifacts have been found in tombs with tattoo decorations including mummified remains which proved this theory. The spread of tattoo has been transferred from one civilization to another and by 200 BC, it has reached the continent of Asia.
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On the other hand, criminals in ancient Japanese civilization are branded by tattoos for easy identification. And as the years passed by, tattoos have been viewed into a work of art paving the way for the creation of the most amazing tattoo designs all over the world. There are even gangs that are well known for their use of tattoos in threatening their rival gangs. Most of the modern tattoo artist are using the concepts of these gangs in the tattoo designs that they make. Other ancient civilizations like the Polynesians are also known contributors of tattoo designs. These ancient people often used pointed sticks, ivory as well as bone pieces that are sharpened at the point as an instrument for tattoo. Chiseling the tattoo on the skin are done by hitting the top of the pointed object with a small mallet-like object. The instruments used by these ancient people does not only consist of a single sharp object, they actually used a tool set specifically dedicated for tattooing purposes.