Everyone has their own views about tattoos. Some people love them whiles other don’t. It’s kind of a Marmite, ´love it hate it’ thing. Over the past fifty years, tattoos have gradually become more accepted in modern society. Previously having a body art was viewed by some as being rebellious. So clearly even today there are those who dislike the idea of permanent markings on the body, but views have softened.
Tattoos – History
The word ‘tattoo’ comes from a Tahitian word ‘tatu’ – to mark something. So how long have tattoos been about?
In 1991, the amazing natural mummy nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ was discovered in the Ötztal Alps on the Austria-Italian border. The man who is dated to have lived between 3359 and 3105 BC would now be 5300 years old. The Iceman had a total of 61 tattoos on his body. These were a collection of black lines 3mm thick and 7-40mm long. They were groups of parallel lines running vertically on the lumbar spine, as well as the left wrist, right ankle and behind the right knee with several
markings or ‘tattoos’ on his legs. Closer examination revealed that the tattoos were made from a pigment of soot or fireash.
So it goes without saying that tattoos are not a modern concept and have been around for thousands of years.
Tattoos – Origin
Body art was used in ancient cultures thousands of years ago as it was believed it would protect a person from disease. The use of needles with ink to mark a body was initially used in Egypt. It then spread to Greece and Arabia and then to Asia. Initially tattoos were used to mark criminals to make it easy to identify them. It was in Japan where tattoos were changed into a form of art. The Japanese mafia used tattoos to intimidate people. Several centuries back wealthy families had their family crests tattooed on their bodies, but this gradually was phased out.
Tattoos – Tools
The tools and equipment employed for tattooing have changed significantly over the years. Originally pieces of sharp bone were use, eventually electric machines, and now modern electric pens. So having your body tattooed has become fairly simple, which is perhaps why it has lost some of its appeal to those who were being inked to stand out and express themselves.
Over recent years the art of body tattoos has become very popular again all over the world. These days it s estimated that 3-4 people out of 10 have some time of body tattoo. So with the advent of temporary ink the market for tattoos exploded. It became more appealing to many people who liked the idea of tattoos, but didn’t like the idea of permanent body marks. The trend is sure to continue.
Getting the first tattoo can be both a terrifying yet exciting thought. People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons.
Most people have lots of questions. The good news is you can do plenty of research to get those questions answered. Some questions include: the cost, how much it will hurt and whether it is safe. When getting a first tattoo, here are some things to consider:
Getting the first tattoo – don’t rush into it
There is no need to rush into getting your first tattoo. In fact taking time before you get your first tattoo is advised. The most important part of the first tattoo is the design and style. You should look online to research the design options even before you go to see a tattoo artist. If you want a unique design you can ask the tattoo artist to do a sketch for you on paper. Most importantly, don’t actually get your tattoo until you are completely happy with the artwork and design.
Getting the first tattoo – research the artist and tattoo parlour
Knowing where to get your tattoo is the next most important aspect of getting your first tattoo. You need to check and research the artist and tattoo parlour. Often people go by personal recommendation, but otherwise you can go online and check reviews on social media sites. Once you have identified a couple of possible artists and tattoo parlours, it is best to go to visit them in person to get to know the tattoo artist, his place of work and its standards in terms of hygiene. Get all your research done and be completely informed before you actually have your tattoo.
Getting the first tattoo – ask questions
Asking questions to your tattoo artist is really important. A professional artist will understand your concerns and be happy to answer all of your questions In addition they will ensure you are completely relaxed before you actually start getting a tattoo. If you don’t feel comfortable with the tattoo artist or don’t get all your questions answered, its probably best to keep looking until you find an artist you are 100% comfortable with. This is of course a very personal matter.
Getting the first tattoo – placement
Some people want large visible tattoos to make a statement or show off their personalities and styles. Very often, this isn’t often the case for the person getting their first tattoo. If you are getting a tattoo for personal enjoyment or for someone you want to share it with, then you need to find a more discrete placement for the tattoo.
Also is can be important to have the tattoo in a discrete place if you need to keep it out of site for work reasons or future employment prospects. Fortunately, there are plenty of discrete spots on the body where you can do. A few examples are: the inner wrist, the ankle, behind the ear, under feet, between fingers, inner lip, under breasts (for women) under the armpit.
Getting the first tattoo – bargain hunting
So you have taken your time and pinned down the exact design you want. You have successfully researched the tattoo parlour and have got comfortable with the tattoo artist. All your questions have been answered and you’ve even decided the cheeky placement spot for your first tattoo.The very worst thing you can now do is start bargain hunting. If you have done your research and your criteria above have been met, don’t start looking for cheap or bargain options as this increases the chances of inferior work standards and even infection. Of course you shouldn’t pay over the odds and should compare prices between a couple of artists, but don’t let price become your determining criteria.