19 Jul 2013

Skull Tattoo

Skull Tattoo
Skull Tattoo

Once the domain of renegades and outlaws, the skull tattoo has gained a certain level of popularity in recent years. The skull tattoo has historically been a symbol of death and our own mortality. And unlike other tattoo symbols, the skull tattoo retains it’s symbolism no matter what culture your in. Historically, the skull was a popular symbol of triumph over the enemy, and a warning to the people defeated in battle. Collections of skulls might be stacked by the victors in public places, as an obvious declaration of victory and grim reminder of the losses of the vanquished.

It was also worn as a trophy and even drunk out of by conquering kings. In New Guinea, skulls were placed in the rafters of the medicine house as a reminder of death always present in life. There are various forms of skull tattoos available to those interested. There is the familiar pirate insignia called a "Jolly Roger" and the military symbol called a "Death Head Skull". The difference between the two is quite simple. The Jolly Roger has the bones coming out of the side of the skull. The Death Head skull is placed upon 4 inter-crossed bones. And of course there are probably thousands of variations on these themes, so it’s quite easy to find the skull tattoo that best suits you.

16 Jul 2013

Evil Tattoos

Evil Tattoos
Evil Tattoos

It’s easy to tell the evil tattoos out there and this one is right up there on the list. An image of the grim reaper who has come to collect whatever souls are due to him at this moment in time. But of course no one is ever really ready to go with him, are they? As far as evil tattoos go I am not so sure what is so evil about a grim reaper. It seems more like it is just one of those things that has to happen and is not necessarily about evil at all. Certainly it could be an evil thing.

The grim reaper could come after you long before it is your time with the idea of taking you now and causing your death to occur prematurely. Now that would be evil indeed.

I suppose the thing about this tattoo is that it can be evil. And in that light it is easy to see why. This grim reaper could just be a nasty demon who want to take your life and it has nothing at all to do with if it is your time or not. Perhaps he is behind in collecting souls and every now and then he needs to make some up and doesn’t care who he takes to make that happen. Now that kind of meaning would certainly put this in the evil tattoos category.

15 Jul 2013

Wings Tattoo

Wings Tattoo
Wings Tattoo

This is a fairly common style of a wings tattoo on this persons back. All though they are much smaller than I like to see them, they are still pretty cool looking. These two wings go across to each shoulder blade rather than going down the length of the back like the bigger ones do. And these are almost gold in color which is somewhat rare as well. I do not see this color very often on a wings tattoo but I like it a lot. It sort of fit’s the whole angel wings thing.

It is my guess that this girl had no great meaning in mind at all when she got this tattoo. I would be willing to bet that she just wanted to be seen by the boys, or maybe just certain boys, as an angel with wings and I am sure it has gotten her a fair amount of extra attention since she’s had this tattoo. These type of tattoos always get the girl who has it a little extra attention. And make no mistake, most guys really like to see a wings tattoo on a girl. It’s a big turn on for them.

14 Jul 2013

Rose Tattoos

Rose Tattoos
Rose Tattoos

The rose tattoo is by far the most popular of all flower designs, maybe even the most popular of all tattoo designs. That prevalence is directly related to its power as a symbol. With their typical deep red color, they have historically been linked with blood and so also life. In fact, for the ancient Greeks, the first red roses were thought to have grown from the blood of Adonis, Aphrodite’s lover, also beginning one of the most traditional associations of the red rose used today — love and beauty. Often in design work, the rose tattoo appears as a solo entity, as the complete design.

At other times it is embellished with leaves, a long stem, and even thorns. Also, as in real life, other colors of the rose might appear, each with their own symbolic meaning: pink for grace and gentility, white for innocence and purity, yellow for friendship, and even black for death. Perhaps the most famous of the non-red roses is the "Yellow Rose of Texas", which is not a rose at all, but instead a person. Immortalized in the 19th century folk song of the same name, the yellow rose is actually a young woman of mixed ethnic background, missed by her roving sweetheart. The rose tattoo in the picture is the classic red rose that can be seen in thousands of parlors all over the world.

11 Jul 2013

Tattoo Images

Tattoo Images
Tattoo Images

This is a tramp stamp style of tattoo image and it is somewhat misleading. It would be considered a tramp stamp in as far as its shape and where it is on the body, but with this amount of body hair on this person I would say that this tattoo is not on a girl and therefore does not qualify as a tramp stamp. But I have been wrong before. Perhaps it’s a very hairy girl or it’s a guy who considers himself a tramp. I think I’d stay away from either one of them folks.

What I like about this tattoo images is it has that double wing that is something like the old motorcycle logo but either end of the wings is just slightly different. One end has an angels halo over it like it’s the good side of this person and the other of the wings has horns and a point tail like the devil, as if it were the bad side of this person. This tattoo image is telling us the age old thing of how we all have both good and bad in us. And it is certainly true that we all have the capacity to behave both ways at any time.

9 Jul 2013

Wolf Tattoos

Wolf Tattoos
Wolf Tattoos

If your shopping for a wolf tattoo then you might just get some inspiration from the designs in the picture. Although most wolf tattoos show the more peaceful side of this animal, others like to express their aggressive side. These tattoos may show the angry appearance of a wolf, bearing its teeth and either rigid in a warning stance, or seeming to almost burst through the skin. Another example of this would be the werewolf. Known for their vicious tendencies, this depiction of ‘man turned beast’ may be shown stalking the streets of a city on a moonlit night.

They may also show the transformation between man and wolf. Two interesting mythological ties that can be used in wolf tattoos are that of the Celtic myth of the wolf greedily ingesting the sun, and the Roman myth of Romulus and Remus being looked after by a mother wolf. For the Celtic version, one can show either a full body, or bust of a wolf not only staring disobediently into, but drinking down a soft, and almost fluidic sun. For the Roman myth, you can portray the warm and inviting figure of a drowsy, yet defensive female wolf enfolded quietly around two small infants. This design may also be used by loving parents to represent their bond with their children.

7 Jul 2013

Flowers Tattoos

Flowers Tattoos
Flowers Tattoos

Flower tattoos can be a wonderful addition to any collection of body art. Not only can flower tattoos give the bearer an object of great beauty, but it can also give the bearer a symbol that has great meaning. While it is impossible to cover the meanings of all the great flower tattoos out there, I will give you an overview of the most popular ones. These include cherry blossoms, daisies and hibiscus flower tattoos.

The meaning for cherry blossom flower tattoos are very simple. In Asian cultures they represent life.

It can also be a symbol of female sexuality and as such is a perfect compliment to any woman’s body. The daisy flower tattoo has a somewhat different meaning. This design represents never-ending beauty and is a design that can be wonderfully blended with a variety of other design elements such as ivy, representations of the sun and religious symbols such as the Christian cross.

The last flower tattoo that I want to talk about is the hibiscus flower. This design has almost the same meaning as the daisy with a slight twist. While the daisy stands for never-ending beauty, the hibiscus flower is a symbol of delicate beauty. It might be a slight difference, but it is a significant one.

5 Jul 2013

Traditional Tattoos

Traditional tattoos go by a variety of different names. Some people call them old school tattoos, some people call them vintage tattoos and some people call them retro tattoos. They are all correct. All of these definitions can be properly assigned to the definition of traditional tattoos, so people have a wide latitude in choosing a design that fits their needs.

When traditional tattoos were first inked, they were often looked down upon by mainstream American. They were often seen as a form of art that was only used by criminals, salty sailors and those who lived on the fringes of society.

Luckily, these views have changed dramatically over the past few years, so just about anyone can enjoy traditional tattoo designs with a much more favorable response from society.

Traditional tattoos are a great choice for someone who is looking to get a time tested design. But traditional tattoos do have a number of drawbacks that should be watched out for when getting inked. While most traditional tattoo designs are really cool and have aged very well, there are a few designs that have been dramatically overused. These traditional tattoos are often looked down as being campy and not up to the standards of modern tattooing. So be sure that you are careful when choosing one of these designs.

3 Jul 2013

Tattoo Stars

Tattoo Stars
Tattoo Stars

Most tattoo stars stand for some kind of personal growth or meaningful and significant changes in life or simply a very strong desire to reach higher goals in life. This can range greatly of course but that is basically it in a nut shell. I think people tend to like tattoo stars because everybody, except for a very strange few, likes stars in general. They represent places we want to get to and things we want to do, but probably never will.

But that’s okay because this motivates us to try harder, nevertheless.

And let’s face it, tattoo stars usually look pretty good on a person. Look at the stars on this person, they look nice. Different shapes and different colors but still all stars. It’s just hard to go wrong with getting this type of tattoo because they almost always look good, unless they are done by a true idiot. So if you want a star or stars tattooed on yourself just make sure you find a competent tattoo artist and you’ll do just find. Get your tattoo stars and enjoy.

1 Jul 2013

Mermaid Tattoo

Mermaid Tattoo
Mermaid Tattoo

The mermaid tattoo has become a staple of the art of the tattoo world. It can combine many different elements and styles to make a design that is specifically unique to the bearer. Let’s go over a few of the elements that can be combined with a mermaid tattoo to increase it’s special attributes. Mermaid tattoos can be done with intricate knotted forms derived from the Celts, called shield knots. The artist can also choose to make the mermaid tattoo according to the pin-up style.

This is representative of the calendar girls that graced many garages and locker rooms across America during World War II. Another popular way to represent the mermaid tattoo is by giving it a more cartoon like appearance. And that way, you could also add other elements such as birds or butterflies. The mermaid tattoo in the picture is more representative of the fantasy style. This bearer could easily add other fantasy elements to this tattoo such as dragons or unicorns to make the style even more unique. As with any tattoo you should properly plan your mermaid tattoo. Remember, you will have it for a very long time. You should research what type of tattoo you want and look at as many designs as possible.

30 Jun 2013

Chinese Symbol Tattoos

Chinese Symbol Tattoos
Chinese Symbol Tattoos

If I could read Chinese symbol tattoos then I would explain to you what the symbols in this picture mean. But, since I don’t have an inkling about what these Chinese symbol tattoos mean then I will have to go on about how I wanted one of these designs when I was a child. When I was about eight years old, I was simply fascinated with martial art movies. Every chance I could get, I would head to the theatre and watch three of them in a row during the dollar show.

And then I discovered the television series starring David Carradine called ‘Kung Fu" I absolutely loved that show. But, I loved it not because of the plot, which could sometimes be slow, or because of the occasional fight scene. No, I loved Kung Fu because of the cool way that he got the tattoos on his arm. He had to pick up a burning cauldron with his forearms, which burned a tiger on one arm and a dragon on the other arm. That is the closest I think I have ever come to Chinese symbol tattoos. Of course, that may not help you out but it does make an interesting story.

29 Jun 2013

Tribal Arm Tattoos

Tribal Arm Tattoos
Tribal Arm Tattoos

This is one cool tribal arm tattoo. It’s a design based upon the Maori tribes of New Zealand. And it just goes to show you what can be done with a good design. Tribal arm tattoos are an effective way to create a symmetrical design which can be combined with a variety of other tattoos with ease. Tribal arm tattoos are easy to combine with other tattoos as the dark and muted colors can be an effective way to increase the contrast between bright and colorful tattoos and the dark colors which are associated with traditional tribal arm tattoos.

Tribal arm tattoos can come in a variety of forms. The most popular type of tribal arm tattoos are those that contain symmetrical designs and those which are wrapped around the entire arm in the form of an arm band, for men and women. Although women may choose smaller and more intricate designs with additional small details to create a delicate line and design pattern through the tattoo and men choose additionally bold patterns, they are a great way to ensure that you are getting a tattoo that is popular, but can be customized to your personal style.

28 Jun 2013

Lower Back Tattoo

Lower Back Tattoo
Lower Back Tattoo

The lower back tattoo in the picture is a beautiful example of what can be done with some ink and a little imagination. The three roses are beautifully shaded and the green leaves makes the whole design pop out at you. Lower back tattoos are becoming increasingly popular though they are relatively new in modern cultures. But, lower back tattoos have been used throughout the ancient world for many years and for various reasons. This area of the body is thought by some to contain hidden stored energy called "kundalini".

In the Sanskrit language, kundalini means "snake" or "serpent power," and this energy is believed to lie like a serpent in the root chakra at the base of the spine. For this reason early designs often had serpent-like qualities, representing intense feminine power. While lower back tattoo designs have changed gradually over time, some thought should still be given to the meaning behind a design, particularly if you are young. Young women tend to prefer designs that are playful and sexy, and that is fine; but giving the proper thought to the meaning behind a design will likely ensure that you continue to be happy with your selection throughout the years.

26 Jun 2013

Italian Tattoos

Italian Tattoos
Italian Tattoos

Italian tattoos are a great way to announce to the world the pride that you have in your heritage. Or, if you aren’t Italian, then it can be a great way to declare your love of Italy and all the things that are associated with that magical country.

Those people who get an Italian tattoo to show their ancestral pride might want to get the national flag of Italy. But this doesn’t have to be a boring exact replica of the flag.

I have seen many people get Italian tattoos that take the flag and turn it into the shape of Italy or use it to adorn a family crest. There really is no wrong way or right way to use the Italian flag in your Italian tattoo. As long as you show it the proper respect and don’t do things that might offend people.

Many people who get Italian tattoos take it a step further. Instead of getting the flag of Italy, they get one of the many works of art from famous Italian artists inked on their skin. One of the most fascinating examples of this was a fresco of the The Last Judgment that was done on some guys back. It was really amazing.

23 Jun 2013

Hand Tattoos

Hand Tattoos
Hand Tattoos

As the design in the picture shows, hand tattoos can not only be beautiful but can have an immediate visual effect on the observer. The unusual placement also makes the hand tattoo somewhat of an oddity as well. But, getting a hand tattoo is never something that should be taken lightly. There are many negatives to getting ink on this part of the body so it’s something that requires a lot of planning and forethought. The biggest drawback is social acceptance of the tattoo. I know that at first glance that may seem contrary to the whole purpose of getting a tattoo.

After all the whole idea behind getting a tattoo is to be rebellious, right? But, that rebellion doesn’t do you a whole lot of good if you are shunned by people that you meet or your future employer won’t hire you. Another thing to consider before getting a hand tattoo is your pain tolerance. That part of your body is particularly bony, with very little tissue to cushion the pinch of the needle. But, don’t let me burst your bubble. If you take all these factors into consideration then there is no reason why you can’t get a hand tattoo that you will enjoy for the rest of your life.