Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Polynesian Tattoos and their histories

When people think of getting tattoos, the type often considered are tribal.  The origins of these designs are inspired by Polynesian tattoos.  Although today, tattoos are mostly done with tattoo guns, the original and authentic tattoos in these regions were created in more primitive methods.

In Samoa, the techniques have basically remained unchanged for over two thousand years and the skill is passed down from father to son using tools consisting of boars teeth, turtle shell and wooden handle.   For the men, it is like a right of passage and young men would endure the pain,from morning through night for a period of about 3 months to show their strength and bravery.  Incomplete tattoos are viewed as a mask of shame.  Although Christian missionaries attempted to stop such acts, viewing them as inhumane and barbaric, but Samoans resisted and the traditions continue to this day.

Hawaiian tattoos served as body art and distinction but also to protect their health and spirituality.  Images of lizards, which were greatly respected and feared, and of the Hawaiian crescent fan (Peahi niu) for the highest-ranking members of society, dominated Hawaiian kakau. Intricate patterns, mimicking woven reeds or other natural forms, graced men's arms, legs, torso and face. Women were generally tattooed on the hand, fingers, wrists and sometimes on their tongue.

Maori - The full-face moko was a mark of distinction for Maori men, which communicated their status, lines of descent and tribal affiliations. It recalled their wearer's exploits in war and other great events of their life. The Maori chief Te Pehi Kupe said during a visit to England in 1826, "Europee man write with pen his name — Te Pehi's is here," pointing to his tattooed face.  By the 1920s, the last of the tattooed men had died, but many women continue to wear moko until the middle of the century.

In addition to full-face moko, Maori men also wore puhoro, an intricate tattoo extending from mid-torso to the knees, which featured the characteristic design of a spiral on the buttock.

Information from PBS.org

Hibiscus flowers are the state flower of Hawaii and often used in tattoo designs

Honu (turtle) tattoo - representing long life and longevity.

In Hawaii, the Plumeria, often used in leis represents 'new life' and perfection, the coming together of everything good.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Masuimi Max

Angelina Jolie look-alike, Masuimi Max.
Lingerie model, actress, import car model and former stripper.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pin Up style Betty Sabrina Kelley

her site is sabrinakelley.com

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Black and Whites of Beauties with tattoos

tribal dragon tattoo on upper arm

unique stocking-like leg tattoo

Full sleeve and hip tattoo

Tattooed belly dancers embracing

Dragon Tattoos around breasts

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kat Von D

Born: Katherine von Drachenberg AKA Kat von D
March 8, 1982 in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon,Mexico
Occupation   - Tattoo Artist, TV personality, and she has a Kat Von D make up line at Sephora

High Voltage Tattoo Check out her artwork in her book High Voltage Tattoo

Originally featured on Miami Ink, she quickly outgrew the show and spun off her own show.  Now she has a TLC reality show called LA Ink and aside from being a knock out, she does amazing work, especially portraits.

Monday, June 21, 2010

I hate to see you go but I love to watch you leave

Back tattoo range from little flowers to full on art pieces, and these women know how to sport them all.

Upper back scene of birds and branches in light pinks and blues

Artistic wave scene tattoo with negative flowers on the lower portion using her skin as a color

sexy girl with a full Asian themed back tattoo

Back tattoo of tree and birds, it's a single color tat, but full of detail

Full Sleeves, half sleeves, and quarter sleeves...hot sleeves

Yakuzas are known to have sleeve tattoos, but hot sexy women are ready to take these men on with their versions of Asian inspired, modernized versions of body art.    Along with traditional Japanese demons and cherry blossoms, women are incorporating faith, flowers, birds and other colorful pieces to their eclectic collections.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Rib Tattoos

Recently, the rib location seems to have become a popular location to tattoo.  More and more women and men seem to be choosing this spot for their larger tattoos that can often be easily concealed with clothing, only to be shown in private.