• 3D Tattoo 270
  • Animal tattoos 957
  • Ankle tattoos 81
  • Arm tattoos 1,771
  • Armpit tattoos 52
  • Back tattoos 529
  • Baroque tattoos 82
  • Bear tattoos 48
  • Behind the ear tattoos 54
  • Bicep tattoos 158
  • Biomechanical tattoos 106
  • Black and Grey tattoos 1,015
  • Blackwork tattoos 590
  • Blog 67
  • Body tattoos 215
  • Calf tattoos 75
  • Celebrity Tattoos 37
  • Celtic tattoos 49
  • Chest tattoos 404
  • Chicano tattoos 197
  • Chin tattoos 66
  • Collar Bone tattoos 94
  • Couple tattoos 137
  • Cover-up Tattoos 123
  • Crow tattoos 26
  • Dotwork tattoos 644
  • Ear tattoos 39
  • Egyptian tattoos 41
  • Elbow tattoos 63
  • Face tattoos 70
  • Finger tattoos 58
  • Flower tattoos 584
  • Foot tattoos 123
  • Geometry Tattoos 182
  • Half Sleeve tattoos 51
  • Hand tattoos 180
  • Head tattoos 127
  • Hip tattoos 127
  • Horror tattoos 42
  • Indian tattoos 119
  • Japanese tattoos 257
  • Knee tattoos 54
  • Leg tattoos 572
  • Lettering tattoos 104
  • Lower Back tattoos 8
  • Mandala tattoos 76
  • Nape tattoos 47
  • Nautical tattoos 304
  • Neck tattoos 121
  • Neo-Traditional tattoos 143
  • New School tattoos 828
  • Palm tattoos 40
  • Pin Up Girls 24
  • Piston tattoo 56
  • Polynesian and Maori tattoos 57
  • Quottoos 7
  • Realistic tattoos 656
  • Religious tattoos 139
  • Rib tattoos 116
  • Rose tattoos 89
  • Scottish tattoo designs 41
  • Shin tattoos 58
  • Shoulder Blade tattoos 91
  • Shoulder tattoos 902
  • Side tattoos 75
  • Sister tattoos 52
  • Skull Tattoos 384
  • Small tattoos 153
  • Space tattoos 106
  • Spine tattoos 50
  • Star Wars tattoos 100
  • Stomach tattoos 133
  • Tattoo Sketches 275
  • Tattoo Sleeves 767
  • Tattooed men 72
  • Tattooed Women 146
  • Thigh tattoos 437
  • Toe tattoos 27
  • Traditional tattoos 186
  • Trash Polka tattoos 244
  • Tribal tattoos 92
  • Tricep tattoos 42
  • Tulip tattoos 9
  • Uncategorized 1
  • Under Breast tattoos 35
  • Watercolor tattoos 466
  • White tattoos 43
  • Wolf tattoos 63
  • Wrist tattoos 199
  • 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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