Tattoos explained By Dike Granado
What is a Tattoo? • A form of body modification whereby indelible ink is inserted into the dermis layer of the skin creating a change of its pigment.
History of the Tattoo • The word “tattoo” is said to have two major derivations – from the Polynesian word “ta” which means striking something and the Tahitian word “tatau” which means “to mark something”. • It is believed that this practice has been in existence for nearly 5000 years, based on the 1991 discovery of a 5000 yrold frozen body, found on a mountain between Austria and Italy bearing 57 tattoos. This corpse later became known as Ötzi the Iceman. • Tattooing has been practiced in many cultures and regions across the globe including: Egypt, Japan, China, Polynesia, Africa, South America, Central America, ancient Greece and Rome.
Types of Tattoos According to the American Academy of Dermatology there are five types of tattoos: Traumatic tattoos Amateur tattoos Professional tattoos Cosmetic tattoos Medical tattoos
Visual examples of the types of Tattoos Amateur tattoos Traumatic tattoos
Visual examples of the types of Tattoos Cosmetic tattoos Professional tattoos
Visual examples of the types of Tattoos Medical tattoos
Visual examples of popular Tattoo styles Tribal Abstract
Visual examples of popular Tattoo styles Celtic Oriental
Visual examples of popular Tattoo styles Calligraphy Black & Grey
Visual examples of popular Tattoo styles Bio-mechanical Old School
Visual examples of popular Tattoo styles Memorial Portrait
Persons typically get tattooed for any of the following reasons: • For ornamentation purposes / to express individual style • To be identified or affiliated with a particular group • To honour loved ones • To cover up scar tissue • For cosmetic enhancement purposes • To perform ritualistic practices • As a rite of passage
Methods of Removal • Although considered permanent, tattoos can sometimes be removed either fully or partially by the following methods: • Laser removal (most common & effective) • Intense Pulsed Light Therapy • Dermabrasion • Excision
Conclusion • If you are considering getting a tattoo for whatever reason, have your mind made up and don’t select a tattoo that you will regret placing permanently on your skin. • Remember - the expense and pain associated with removing tattoos is typically greater than the expense and pain associated with applying them.