A tattoo is an image such as a letter, or pattern that is permanently inked, or tattooed, on a person’s body. Early tattoos had shamanistic and religious values. In the 1900s, tattoos were popular among soldiers in the West. They were symbols of pride and served as lucky charms. To the Yakuza in Japan, tattoos symbolized getting through many pains and served as a way to strengthen the solidarity and loyalty of those in the organization.
These days, shedding new light on the esthetic and symbolical meanings of tattoos, young people accept tattoos as a fashion code to express their individuality. Also, with celebrities showing their tattoos in public, tattoos are increasingly gaining popularity. Negative perceptions of tattoos are changing positively as many public, especially women, now want a tattoo as a fashion item.
These days, people recognize tattoos as a genre of fashion. There are people who still tattoo their body with menacing patterns, but I will introduce fashion tattoos that you do not have to feel so burdened about. Before introducing them, let us look at some unique tattoos.
★ A fan of “Where’s Wally,” a book where you have to find Wally hidden in a picture, tattooed one page of the book on his back. There are 150 characters in his tattoo. You can find Wally hidden among bikini-clad women. The cost of his tattoo was around 2,000 pounds (KRW 3.5 million won). He claimed that “People will have fun by searching for Wally on my back.”
★ A fan of Britney Spears, a top singer in the United States, made Britney’s signature into a tattoo. After getting Britney Spears’ autograph on her own forearm, the fan had a tattoo of it made by using that autograph as a guide.
★ This is the tattoo of Korean popular soloist male singer SE7EN. He expresses his passionate mind about music through this tattoo. His tattoo, which he drew himself, means “SE7EN flies away attaching wings to music.” It is very meaningful and looks good.
Tips for Beginners
Before Getting a Tattoo
What should you be concerned about before getting a tattoo? Above all, if you get a tattoo that you do not really want, is meaningless, is of low quality or other people think looks strange, you could seriously regret it. Therefore, you should take enough time to search through a number of tattoo designs and pictures before you get a tattoo. If you want to get a design that suits you, it is also good idea to talk in depth with the tattooist about the tattoo design.
Next, when you search through tattoo shops on the Internet, do not believe all the uploaded photos on the homepage as being from those shops. A new tattoo shop that opened recently or a low-level tattooist might upload other foreign tattooist’s works as if they were their own. They do this because they do not have many photos of their own work. So, you should check the uploaded photos carefully, comparing the background of photos and styles of procedure, and should choose a shop with a good reputation.
Third, be VERY patient during the procedure. If you urge the tattooist to hurry, he might not be able to fully concentrate and might lead to errors. It normally takes two to four hours per one session, with elaborate tattoos requiring many sessions to complete.
Pain during Tattooing
Are you afraid of pain? It is natural. You should endure that hardship. However, do not be afraid of it that much. Since it is a tolerable pain, many people enjoy getting tattoos. The degree of pain differs depending on the location or size of the tattoo. Some people describe the pain as a mosquito bite, but others say it as if they are being pierced by a sword. Because the needle breaks the skin at a depth of about 0.1mm to 0.5mm, people respond to stimulus differently according to whether it is on a sensitive area or not as well as a person’s body type. Sensitive areas, particularly in the hips, thighs, the center part of one’s waist and on the sides can be more painful. Erogenous zones are also very sensitive so it can be painful. People who are ticklish usually are very sensitive to pain. However, the fact is that tattoos have been around for a thousand years and are still popular. That is because getting a tattoo requires great courage which only some people can handle, and the tattoo itself is also a symbol of pain. If there was no pain involved in getting a tattoo, then there would be no meaning and the tattoo would lose its attraction.
Kinds of Tattoo
There are various kinds of tattoos. It means any areas and any designs you want to tattoo are all up to you! Even by getting tattooed with precious people around you, you can share a more worthwhile experience together. So some couples or friends get tattooed together.
If you are concerned about the design and where to get the tattoo, you had better refer to this paragraph at all costs. People can get tattoos almost anywhere on their body. Common areas include the forearm, a lower shoulder, around the belly button, on the back of one’s neck and the upper part of a hip. These days, the most popular areas include wrist, fingers, and even in an ear! These seem to be influenced by the trend of people’s pursuing a small, cute and fancy tattoos. So designs range from showy flower shapes to simple star shapes. Another attraction of getting tattoo is being bound by nothing!
Henna, Those Transient Attractions
If you do not want tattoo remains in your body permanently, then how about getting a henna tattoo? Henna is a temporary kind of tattoo and is a way to express color by putting a dough made of henna powder on your skin. Henna is a natural plant so it is safe for the human body. It is not easily washed off with water or sweat, because it naturally disappears by removing stratum corneum; The stratum corneum (Latin for horned layer) is the outermost layer of the epidermis, consisting of dead cells that lack nuclei and organelles. They usually last for around ten to twenty days.
Also there are as many kinds of henna tattoos as there are real tattoos. When you are fascinated by tattoos but are hesitant to get one for whatever reason, henna tattoo would be a good substitute for you.
Tattoos are no longer just exclusive properties of celebrities or Yakuza and have already become a kind of fashion trend. What do you think about tattoos? It is okay to get a tattoo anywhere on your body, whether it is a secret area or very exposed part of your body. If you tattoo something meaningful, it will be more valuable. Also, you will definitely not be able to wait for next summer to show off your HOT tattoo! Have courage and be fashionable!