Tuesday, June 29, 2010
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.
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
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
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
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
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
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
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
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.