2n. a permanent mark made by tattooing
3n a design for application as a tattoo
tattoo designs usually reflect the mores and culture ( or subculture) of the wearer.
Some anthropologists theorize that
humans have always tattooed ourselves
(the oldest specimens of tattooed flesh Dated-3300 correlate with Chinese acupuncture meridians and may have been to heal the subject.)
4n. the craft of making tattoos
Tattoos are gaining increased popularity in the last decade due to increased media attention. Tattoos serve to bond together and define groups of people and are perfectly acceptable to most people as long as they are within the mores of the bearers particular group or subculture.
Tattoo is considered a handicraft by most college level art teachers and by their definition cannot be fine art.
Tattoo is taught by apprenticeship and takes years to learn and decades to master. Some states and countries have a ban on tattooing, but in most areas it is regulated on a local level, by OSHA there are many tattoo fan clubs world wide like the APT (Alliance for Professional Tattooists)
With the increasing popularity of Tattoo there are many people out to profit from the movement, semiskilled scratchers, tattoo "schools",franchise shops,show promoters, magazines and the media.
It has changed the face of tattooing.
2"I saw her leg tattoo."
3."Did I draw your tattoo right?"
4."She is a master of custom Tattoo."
my celtic trinity and warrior band
my tattoo... still in progress
rickys tattoo so sick
Tribal dragon by Dave / Baseltattoo.com
Lacey's Neck (URAQT!)
sm. Koi Fish Tattoo
'ink permanently implanted under the skin
Tattooing is a process by which pigment (ink) is permanently deposited (implanted) under the skin (well, into the non-exfoliating layers of skin).
We have archeological records of tattooing going well into pre-history (the tattooed iceman dates at 3300 BC). The word itself sources from "tattau", a Tahitian word which translates essentially as "to mark".' -Shannon Larratt
nowadays, there are technology to remove the tattoo such as a laser. thus, meaning the tattoo is a tattoo till is removed.
Sensible Newly Inked Person: I got a new tattoo, it's my grandfathers name. He taught me so much, and I want to show everybody that he is always with me.
Retarded Wannabe Rebelious Teenager: Check out this Japanese character I got tattooed on my shoulder! Now all the chicks will think I'm cool, and all the jocks/preps/rednecks will quit making fun of me!
Do you think getting a tattoo will hurt?
Ericas Mom: Well fuck we just pissed away 50k on her college. I wish she would have told me that so I could have prepped her for a life of crime.
Some tattoos are indeed stupid. Usually done by scratchers who will ink things onto teenagers who are too young to realize what they're doing, or people who really don't grasp the concept of a what a tattoo is and the reality of forever.
A well thought out quality tattoo means something to their wearer and is done by a professional. They can be very beautiful and personal at the same time.
Sleazy Tattoo Artist: How about a butterfly on your hip?
Teenage Girl: Its like you read my mind!