The Rich History Of Tattoos

Tattoos have a long and interesting history. Tattoo art has been used for a wide range of purposes, including religious celebrations, decoration, and cosmetic purposes. The earliest evidence of tattooing dates all the way back to around 3300 BC. During these early centuries, most tattoos depicted a variety of different animals, fish, and monsters, and some evidence suggests that some tattoos were used as a therapeutic treatment for arthritis.

Since ancient times tattooing has been popular in regions such as India, China, and Egypt. In the Philippines, tattoos had tribal significance, and full body tattoos were common to signify tribal rank and accomplishment. In Japan, tattoos were used for decorative and spiritual purposes. And tattoos also seemed to be quite prevalent in northern and central regions of Europe, but as Christianity spread throughout the continent, tattooing became associated with paganism and lost its prevalence.

In the late sixteenth century, however, worldwide explorations reintroduced tattoos into Europe. In the 1600s Sir Martin Frobisher traveled to China and took a woman captive who had tattoos, and she was a popular attraction in Europe. Other similar events took place, and one English nobleman returned from an expedition with his own tattoo. And in the next several decades, tattoos became increasingly associated with sailors who frequently got tattoos on expeditions to Asiatic countries.

In the mid-eighteenth century, the first use of the term “tattoo” was recorded by Captain James Cook in Tahiti who observed the practice of body modification among the indigenous people. And in the late nineteenth century, King George V received a couple of tattoos while in Japan, and later his two sons also received tattoos which started a family and royal tradition. Tattoos became quite popular among the gentry in England, and it was estimated that one in five noblemen had a tattoo.

Today, tattoos are becoming more accepted in almost all cultures, except in Judaism which forbids the practice of tattooing. In the past, tattoos were applied using a variety of procedures, but in contemporary times, electronic tattoo machines are the most popular tools used in tattooing. And, as in ancient times, tattoos have also regained popularity among women.

Since around the 1990s, tattoos have becoming increasingly popular, particularly in North and South America and Japan. Consequently, the notion of tattoos as an art form has also risen in popularity as is evidenced by that growing number of tattoo art exhibitions and galleries.

Feminine Koi Fish Tattoo

Paul here. This is a guest article by my friend tattoo expert Cindy Mitchell:

One of the most common types of Japanese tattoos are Koi fish tattoos. Koi fish are highly prized in Japan and are breed to be a vibrant beautiful fish that their owner can be proud of. So these tattoos are a beauty and are colourful. Koi fish are a bright bold colored carp. Koi tattoos are bright and bold and are done in the same style characteristic of other Japanese tattoos. They are often an addition to the Lotus Flower tattoo, another fond Japanese tattoos.

You are thinking of getting yourself a Koi fish tattoo? Do you know the traditional meaning? They have long represented power and strength due to their powerful ability to leap their entire body out of the water, to display their beautiful colors. It is common to see the Koi fish leaping out of the water or splashing around in a tattoo. The natural beauty of the fish lends itself to be imitated and placed immortalized in tattoos. The bright oranges of the fish also make for a beautiful contrast against the bright blue water they are often portrayed in and goes well with the scin color.

There are many variations of tattoo, like ones that are done in black and white to help represent the ying-yang or a balance of dark and light, that is very common in Japanese tattoos. There are also those that are less adventorous in color and take their coloration from those of the actual fish and present them in their natural colours of white, red, black, yellow and orange.

Which brings us to next part of the Koi fish tattoo, placement. In the ancient times these tattoos were placed in areas of honour to give honour to these highly valued fish, nowdays though with the combining of western civilization and eastern history they are found anywhere on the body so you can choose. Good places to think about include the calf, forearm or the lower back. If you’re a women I suggest you think about the lower back first it looks really great.

No matter the particular style or coloration of the Koi fish tattoo you choose, it is really a bold statement of power and strength and beauty that has a long history and shows no signs of disappearing beneath the waves of fad tattoos anytime soon. It looks great on a female body if you ask me.