• 3D Tattoo 273
  • Animal tattoos 1,002
  • Ankle tattoos 90
  • Arm tattoos 1,840
  • Armpit tattoos 55
  • Back tattoos 561
  • Baroque tattoos 82
  • Bear tattoos 50
  • Behind the ear tattoos 55
  • Bicep tattoos 170
  • Biomechanical tattoos 108
  • Black and Grey tattoos 1,042
  • Blackwork tattoos 602
  • Blog 68
  • Body tattoos 221
  • Calf tattoos 92
  • Celebrity Tattoos 37
  • Celtic tattoos 49
  • Chest tattoos 426
  • Chicano tattoos 203
  • Chin tattoos 66
  • Collar Bone tattoos 97
  • Couple tattoos 147
  • Cover-up Tattoos 132
  • Crow tattoos 28
  • Dotwork tattoos 653
  • Ear tattoos 43
  • Egyptian tattoos 43
  • Elbow tattoos 65
  • Face tattoos 71
  • Finger tattoos 69
  • Flower tattoos 598
  • Foot tattoos 131
  • Geometry Tattoos 187
  • Half Sleeve tattoos 55
  • Hand tattoos 192
  • Head tattoos 135
  • Hip tattoos 140
  • Horror tattoos 46
  • Indian tattoos 123
  • Japanese tattoos 271
  • Knee tattoos 57
  • Leg tattoos 594
  • Lettering tattoos 116
  • Lower Back tattoos 9
  • Mandala tattoos 78
  • Nape tattoos 50
  • Nautical tattoos 310
  • Neck tattoos 129
  • Neo-Traditional tattoos 156
  • New School tattoos 861
  • Palm tattoos 41
  • Pin Up Girls 24
  • Piston tattoo 56
  • Polynesian and Maori tattoos 66
  • Quottoos 7
  • Realistic tattoos 674
  • Religious tattoos 145
  • Rib tattoos 126
  • Rose tattoos 109
  • Scottish tattoo designs 41
  • Shin tattoos 59
  • Shoulder Blade tattoos 99
  • Shoulder tattoos 940
  • Side tattoos 83
  • Sister tattoos 52
  • Skull Tattoos 407
  • Small tattoos 166
  • Space tattoos 121
  • Spine tattoos 52
  • Star Wars tattoos 108
  • Stomach tattoos 136
  • Tattoo Sketches 275
  • Tattoo Sleeves 794
  • Tattooed men 73
  • Tattooed Women 152
  • Thigh tattoos 459
  • Toe tattoos 26
  • Traditional tattoos 198
  • Trash Polka tattoos 247
  • Tribal tattoos 92
  • Tricep tattoos 45
  • Tulip tattoos 9
  • Uncategorized 2
  • Under Breast tattoos 36
  • Watercolor tattoos 516
  • White tattoos 45
  • Wolf tattoos 64
  • Wrist tattoos 205
  • 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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