Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tattooing the Body

Tattooing the Body, Marking Culture

Jill A. Fisher

Literature on American tattooing appears in varied forms, from the scholarly journals of anthropology, history and sociology to newspaper stand magazines that can be construed as ‘soft’ pornography. What this spectrum of literary forms has in common is a relative marginalization in which American tattooing is perceived as part of a deviant subculture and not a topic of serious intellectual interest. Academics involved in this research have referred to colleagues’ attitudes about research on tattooing as a deviant interest in deviance. In addition, many academics have an agenda of legitimating the practice of tattooing by explicating its social and cultural patterns. Although much of this work is important scholarly investigation, I have found that many authors romanticize the practice of tattooing in ways that often do not correspond with their analyses. This article will, in part, respond to the tensions between analyzing and romanticizing tattooing as cultural practice(s). The purpose of this article is to explore the complex relationship between power and the physical and social practices of tattooing in the late capitalist state. Beginning with the history of tattooing as a cultural practice – from ancient Greece through the colonial period to contemporary USA – I will highlight the temporal and geographical changes in the practices and perceptions of tattooing. My hope is that its history in Western civilization will offer insights into the ways in which tattooing is practiced in the late 20th-century USA. In addition to creating a historical narrative, I will also situate the sociocultural practice of tattooing the body for the tattooist and the ‘tattooee’. This investigation into body inscription will serve as a means to elucidate the contemporary practice of tattooing as one that is simultaneously physical and social, with multiple levels of constructed meaning.

 And finally, I will explore the ways in which tattooing acts
Body & Society © 2002 SAGE Publications (London, Thousand Oaks and New Delhi), Vol. 8(4): 91–107 [1357–034X(200212)8:4;91–107;028513] as a cultural signifier in the late 20th-century USA. I will attempt to show how tattooing as a form of body modification can be analyzed as a form of resistance to or a symptom of a culture that has commodified the body.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Body Piercing: Reclamation, Enhancement, And Self-Expression

In America the practice of body piercing is everywhere, especially among young people, who are getting several parts of their bodies pierced either as an affirmation of their personal individuality, as a means of sexual gratification or stimulation, areclamation of their bodies from physical or emotional trauma, or for as a means of adornment. Whatever the reason, it'swide spread. Body piercing is the piercing of the ears, nose, septum, cheeks, lip, tongue, nipples, navel, clitoris, labia, penis, andscrotum. Says California State University anthropologist James Myers, Ph.D. body piercing is "possibly as old as genus Homo."(Todd, Richard, p.1) Body piercing studios are popping up all over the country in a response to the growing demand for having aneedle poked through your skin. Contrary to popular belief, body piercing is not being performed by freakish subculture deviants.In order to be a reputable piercer one has to take a rigorous course of education in the principals and methods of body piercing.

This is a step toward the acceptance of body piercing in mainstream America, where it is still viewed with mistrust by many. Body piercing allows a person to express their individuality in a new way: by putting a needle through yourself, you mark your body as your own (Delaney, Jim, p.3). By exploring some of the motivations behind body piercing, one discovers that it's not an unhealthy practice (unless perform...Body Piercing In Our SocietyBody piecing is a topic that is world wide and is in our every day lives. The following series of paragraphs will explain how people with piercings are looked at by society today.

Some wonder why people even get piercings. Most of society doesn't really know the background of piercing's. Today's society can be very cruel and judgmental to new and different things and I will give you my insight on piercings.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Stars with tattoos

1. Megan Fox - Marilyn Monroe on her forearm. In 2009, she said, "I really admire Marilyn Monroe, but I would never try to emulate her. I got the tattoo as a warning. It warns me not to let myself be treated so badly by the film industry so that it breaks me down."

2. Pamela Anderson - Actress Pamela Anderson, in Dallas on Feb. 4, 2011, wrapped her arm in barbwire for the 1996 sci-fi film "Barb Wire" in which she starred.

3. Evan Rachel Wood - Attending the premiere of "Whatever Works" in New York on April 22, 2009, sports a quote from Edgar Allen Poe across her back, which reads: "All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream."

4. Johnny Depp - The tattoo visible here, fittingly, shows a sparrow flying over the water above the name Jack. Depp's son is named Jack and his famous "Pirates" character is Jack Sparrow.

5. Eve - Rapper/actress Eve, sporting two animal paw prints on her chest, signs autographs in New York on May 7, 2010.

6. Christina Aguilera - Attends the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in Universal City, Calif., on June 6, 2010. People.com says the singer has five tattoos, including her nickname, Xtina, on the back of her neck.

7. Rihanna - Star tattoos cascade down the neck and back of singer Rihanna in New York on Nov. 23, 2009. She also sports an R on her shoulder blade, timed to the release of her 2009 album "Rated R."

8. Kelly Osbourne - The daughter of the man who famously tattooed "OZZY" across his knuckles sports a variety of tattoos herself. Kelly Osbourne, at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 3, 2011, has two skull tattoos on her feet, angel wing tattoos on her back, a synthesizer on her arm and an anchor tattoo on her opposite arm.

9. Justin Bieber - A shirtless Justin Bieber escorts girlfriend Selena Gomez after stepping on the beach while in Hawaii at the end of May, 2011. The Canadian pop idol sports a vertical inscription down the left side of his rib cage reading "Yeshua," which means "Jesus" in Hebrew.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cross Tattoos for Men

Cross tattoos for men are extremely popular, and you don’t have to be a believer or a follower of any religion in order to bear one on your skin. The most popular cross tattoo is the Latin cross, Christian symbol of faith.

Cross Tattoos for Men Meanings

Some people use cross tattoos to show their religious feelings while other just like the design or wish to show a symbolic meaning with their cross tattoo. Cross tattoos are a symbol which is far more antique and rich than you might think. Men usually wear cross tattoos on shoulders, back or forearms.

Cross Tattoos for Men History

Sometimes people seem surprised when they learn that crosses weren’t always a Christian symbol. There were many cross symbols in older, pagan religions. Cross tattoos come from many different traditions. In some pre-Christian cultures, the vertical bar was seen as a phallus and the horizontal line as a vagina. Celtic druids also view the cross as a phallic symbol. The ancient Babylonians had a symbol of a cross which was associated with this Moon deity. The Assyrian cross was associated with the four directions. In ancient Egypt, a symbol of “Ankh” cross was a symbol of union between Isis and Osiris. Ankh tattoos, like many others cross tattoos, are still very popular, especially among people who are interested in mythology and the occult.

Cross Tattoos for Men Ideas

If you’re looking to get a cross tattoo and you’re not sure which one maybe a few lines about some crosses will help. It is always good to know the history and the meaning of the tattoo before getting one. The Celtic cross, aka the Irish cross, is an exquisite example of this universal symbol and they are extremely popular when it comes to cross tattoos for men. Celtic cross looks like a regular cross with a circle around the intersection, which represents the sun, decorated with the art of Celtic knot. The effect of these Celtic cross tattoos is astonishing , and it’s done in black, blue or green bold color. Celtic cross is usually incorporated in armband tattoos.

The Christian faith uses the cross as a symbol of the fact that Jesus Christ was crucified by the Romans, which was the Roman way of killing slaves and non-Romans. The Christian cross symbolizes Jesus’ victory over death. One of the first things that come to mind when it comes to Christian cross tattoo is: Is it alright for a Christian to get a tattoo? The answer is yes; unlike Jewish religion Christian religion doesn’t have anything against tattoos. If we look at the basic cross tattoo there are endless variations in symbols and pictures: The simplest one is called the Latin cross or crux ordinaria. The vertical line represents the divine while the horizontal represent the world and the intersection is the union of the two.
These cross tattoos are usually small and black, and they are most popularly tattooed on wrists, arms and upper arm.
A beautiful combination for a cross tattoo for men is a crown of thorns hanging over the cross or around the cross. Even though the Gothic subculture isn’t tied to any particular religion, gothic crosses are embellished with many religious symbols, especially Catholic ones. Gothic cross tattoo usually have an iron look to them and the textures are heavily decorated. Gothic crosses are also often combined with daggers and barbed wire. Cross tattoos for men are usually combined with many other elements, which is a great idea as it gives a special and unique meaning to your cross tattoo. Some of the most popular imagery crosses are combined with are stars, an American flag as a base for the cross is a very popular patriotic tattoo in America. Cross tattoos are also usually combined with the word or verses from the bible, displayed on a ribbon. They can be combined with flowers such as wines, thorns, roses; tribal can work great with a cross tattoo as well as the angel wings, a skull, sun or the moon or a heart. Whether you decide to do a simple cross tattoo, or gild it with some flowers or tribals, choose carefully and wisely as this cross tattoo will be your cross to bear for a really long time.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Tattoo Equipment

What You Need to Get Started on Your Tattooist Career Path
If you are planning on becoming an apprentice tattoo artist, you'll need to buy your own tattoo equipment. While tattoo guns use needles that need to bedisposed or sterilized after every use, you will need your own equipment topractice on. Aside from finding the right equipment, you'll also need to know what you need and what you can do without. The gun uses needles and ink to apply the tattoo, but it also gets its power from an amp. A tattoo amp is plugged into an electrical outlet and adjusted to control the speed and depth that needles go into the skin. Tattoo ink is specifically made to be used on human skin, comes in a nendless array of colors and can be mixed for custom colors.When you first start shopping for tattoo equipment, look at the weight of the tattoo gun and power of the amplifier. If you are a beginner, a lighter gun will be best because it will put less of a strain on your arm. The amplifier doesn't need to be particularly powerful as you will not be tattooing in long sessions. Getting a few packs of needles and pig's skin to practice with will also be needed.

Believe it or not, but most tattoo parlors don't sell tattoo equipment. You will need to find a tattoo supply store before being able to purchase equipment. If youcannot find a tattoo store locally, look for one online. Look up the specifications for weight and power as well as look up the manufacturer before making a purchase. See if it comes with a warranty as you might change your mind afteryou use it a few times. Eventually you will become more comfortable using a heavier tattoo gun, but apprentices often spend years training before needing heavier professional equipment.While using tattoo equipment, you will have to take careful safety precautions. All equipment, including the needles, tattoo gun and attachments should be cleaned thoroughly. You will need to wash you hands, put on disposable gloves and take care not to stab yourself with the needles. After it is turned off, you should unplug the amp and properly dispose of the needles. It is very dangerous to keep used needles in a gun when not in use. Even if the tattoo needles are clean, they can still pose a threat if the gun is not carefully stored.Shopping for tattoo equipment should be a fast venture as there are only a few specifications you should consider before buying. Make sure that the weight of the tattoo gun is light enough to use for several hours at a time. Get an amp that hasa steady power supply and adequate voltage, and check to see if the power cords are included. Buy a small bottle of ink and some pig skin for practicing, as well as some disposable gloves and antibacterial soap for sanitizing your hands. Keep the warranties and return policies of equipment purchased in mind in case you end up not liking the products. After a view years practicing on your newly acquired equipment you will be able to get licensed as a professional tattoo artist. Tattoo equipment informationcan be found all over the internet. When opening atattoo store, you'll need to make sure you have the right tattoo equipment.

Friday, April 4, 2014

About tattoo fonts

Many people love tattoo fonts and there are a lot of different reasons for this. Not only do graphic designers put them to use in the projects they print, they are also used on web sites and with other types of digital projects. Other times, those who actually make tattoos for others with a traditional inking machine do use a tattoo font they downloaded. Downloading fonts is the quickest and simplest way to get a very nice font that is very simple to use

If you are thinking about downloading any kind of tattoo font, however, you do need to make sure that you do your homework prior to deciding where you will get them. Not all free sources are going to be a good idea because some of them can compromise your computer. You want to make sure that you get your tattoo fonts from a reliable site with a lot of options to offer you that has many different styles and varieties from which you can choose.

 This is going to wind up being the best deal and sometimes you may need to pay for the very best fonts which makes sense because the artists need to get paid for their work, too. Those that are doing the most work with tattoo fonts will want to find a good source they can rely on regularly. Whether you are doing tattoos for your clients and want to have page after page of options or you are doing web sites and love the look of these fonts, you need a reliable source of them. Some sites offer a membership or other ways to stay connected when they offer new designs, and this can be a good idea for subscription. In the end, investigate any source of tattoo fonts to make sure that you will be able to use them without copyright issues. As long as this is the case, you can pick whichever fonts you like the most and get good use from them. That is a great way to get the best value. The best fonts can certainly create powerful visual impact and give us a lot of joy whether they are for a tattoo on our skin or a poster or web site that will please a lot of people. So making sure we select the best really does end up making a lot of sense.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tattoo Artist Needed


A tattoo artist designs and applies images to people’s skin using indelible inks.

Tattoos have existed in human culture since time immemorial. Before the introduction of the written word, the ancient peoples of Europe painted themselves and their surroundings with ornate designs. Likewise aboriginal peoples all over the world continue to use a variety of natural materials to indelibly mark themselves. In doing so they delineate heritage, authority, achievements and a myriad of other concepts.

Modern day tattoos and indeed the word itself are inspired by the Polynesian word for inserting indelible ink onto the skin to make permanent markings, ‘tatu’. Eighteenth century sailors were the first to come into contact with this culture, popularised it and so became inextricably associated with the practice. Today, tattoos are at an apex of popularity, with many celebrities, artists and musicians sporting impressive designs. Once a subject of taboo, this alternative culture has become more mainstream and tattooing is increasingly regulated, creative and popular.


Many tattoo artists are self-employed and salaries vary widely depending on the amount of trade they receive. Summer months are traditionally the busiest.

    A trainee tattoo artist starts on around £12,000 per annum.
    An experienced tattoo artist may earn between £18,000 and £30,000 per annum.
    A tattoo artist owning his own business and employing others can earn in excess of £50,000 per annum.