• 3D Tattoo 275
  • Animal tattoos 1,005
  • Ankle tattoos 96
  • Arm tattoos 1,858
  • Armpit tattoos 55
  • Back tattoos 568
  • Baroque tattoos 82
  • Bear tattoos 50
  • Behind the ear tattoos 55
  • Bicep tattoos 176
  • Biomechanical tattoos 108
  • Black and Grey tattoos 1,048
  • Blackwork tattoos 602
  • Blog 68
  • Body tattoos 221
  • Calf tattoos 98
  • Celebrity Tattoos 37
  • Celtic tattoos 49
  • Chest tattoos 429
  • Chicano tattoos 204
  • Chin tattoos 66
  • Collar Bone tattoos 99
  • Couple tattoos 150
  • Cover-up Tattoos 133
  • Crow tattoos 28
  • Dotwork tattoos 656
  • Ear tattoos 43
  • Egyptian tattoos 44
  • Elbow tattoos 65
  • Face tattoos 71
  • Finger tattoos 69
  • Flower tattoos 601
  • Foot tattoos 134
  • Geometry Tattoos 188
  • Half Sleeve tattoos 58
  • Hand tattoos 196
  • Head tattoos 136
  • Hip tattoos 143
  • Horror tattoos 48
  • Indian tattoos 123
  • Japanese tattoos 272
  • Knee tattoos 58
  • Leg tattoos 595
  • Lettering tattoos 118
  • Lower Back tattoos 10
  • Mandala tattoos 79
  • Nape tattoos 51
  • Nautical tattoos 310
  • Neck tattoos 130
  • Neo-Traditional tattoos 158
  • New School tattoos 866
  • Palm tattoos 41
  • Pin Up Girls 24
  • Piston tattoo 56
  • Polynesian and Maori tattoos 66
  • Quottoos 7
  • Realistic tattoos 680
  • Religious tattoos 146
  • Rib tattoos 128
  • Rose tattoos 110
  • Scottish tattoo designs 41
  • Shin tattoos 61
  • Shoulder Blade tattoos 101
  • Shoulder tattoos 953
  • Side tattoos 84
  • Sister tattoos 52
  • Skull Tattoos 412
  • Small tattoos 177
  • Space tattoos 122
  • Spine tattoos 52
  • Star Wars tattoos 109
  • Stomach tattoos 140
  • Tattoo Sketches 275
  • Tattoo Sleeves 804
  • Tattooed men 73
  • Tattooed Women 153
  • Thigh tattoos 465
  • Toe tattoos 26
  • Traditional tattoos 200
  • Trash Polka tattoos 248
  • Tribal tattoos 92
  • Tricep tattoos 48
  • Tulip tattoos 9
  • Uncategorized 3
  • Under Breast tattoos 38
  • Watercolor tattoos 526
  • White tattoos 46
  • Wolf tattoos 65
  • Wrist tattoos 206
  • The History of Tattoo

    Since ancient times tattoo had been a part of a man reflecting his world view. Society, being developed into tribes, made tattoo a unifier summoned to show one’s belonging to one of the tribes and being a language which consisted of primitive sacred magical symbols. Further development took place during times of totemism, when tribes were divided into kinds and had a specific ancestral spirit guarding the race. At those times it was essential to show such history in tattoos and at the same moment it is transforming from mass-scale into elite. Now only warchiefs, priests and patriarchs were being tattooed and it lasted until the Middle Ages. As development of the society went on, tattoos were worn by members of different secret societies, clans and labor unions (i.e. masons, butchers, etc.). A new wave of the tattoo’s relevance has made it popular among seamen and pirates. The Europeans, having discovered the new lands, met the tattooed population of America, Polynesia and New Zealand (it should be mentioned that totemic and ornamental styles of these tribes were of a high-level and are highly acknowledged nowadays). Seamen and pirates have promoted tattoos all around the Old World as well as the opening of the new port tattoo studios. The next wave is concerned with eastern expansion (India, China and Japan).

    It has lead to a Chinese and Japanese tattoo styles which are still leading today. Unlike the above-mentioned styles, eastern tattoo style has been reflecting local folklore, spiritual and mystical ground, implemented in a quaint realistic manner. By the end of last century tattoo has become popular in the underworld and military environment. Due to development of new technical skills such as usage of mechanical and electrical tattoo machines, first professional studios are being opened in big cities. And if the first ones have returned the tattoo its initial value, the latter have discovered a new style. The middle of sixties is known as the so called “music” style. It had been splashed by youngsters: from musicians to their fans, who made tattoos associated with jazz and rock-n-roll. The twentieth century has become an age of colored tattoos, whereas only black and red ink images have been practiced before. At the same time the first avant-garde themes are taking place: from replication of paintings to performance of highly artistic portraits and photo images. The tattoo of this period is thought of as distinctive and artistic significance that lasted until today. Nowadays, along with the flush of ethnic themes, appears a new, cybernetic concept. It represents a modification of a human body and its limbs as mechanical connections, microcircuit patterns and other cosmic and mystical themes inspired by the 21st century and psychotropic medications. That’s pretty much all the story about the history of tattoo and its evolutionary development in a human society.


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