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In the early days when people used to represent themselves through symbols, marks and various scars, they started carving their body either with stones and other sharp materials. It sooner became a source of inspiration for others as people started adopting those habits from the ancient age. The method of carving or puncturing the skin, and placing ink pigment inside it, is called tattoo from the ancient Polynesian word tatau. The most ancient human found to this day with tattoos on his body dates back to 5300 BC.
Tattoos today are considered to be one of the finest forms of artwork since the last 10-20 years as people have adopted new ways to make tattoos. Before it was only possible to achieve very basic and simple tattoos, since there weren’t many needle configurations available or colors.
Today, with the evolution of tattooing, there are far too many options in colors, needles and machines, which have since the last 20 years given the possibility for much more intricate and detailed tattoos to be created. Since then, many artists of other forms (e.g. fine artists, painters, sculptors, graphic designers and so on) have moved their talents and knowledge into the tattoo industry, helping the art of tattooing progress to the high level of artistry we see it stand today.
With this change, we have also seen a rapid rise in the trend of getting tattoos. For others it is just a means of decorating their bodies with artwork, the same as one would hang a beautiful painting in their house. For others, a tattoo tells one's story to the world through a visual representation of an essential minute, individual, or memory from their life.
The tattooist and the customer experience the piece's formation at the same time, and the individual getting inked trusts a piece of his body and the story he wants portrayed, to the craftsman who will be responsible for creating a beautiful and permanent tattoo.
Through social media platforms and networks like Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and also many tv shows which made tattooing much more available and acceptable, many tattoo artists and tattoo enthusiasts are connected today. But on the downside, from this big social media explosion, too many people and especially kids and teenagers, see tattooing today as something far too easy to do and a quick way to make a buck or two. They think they can just go buy an eBay tattoo machine and start tattooing their friends. Many of them do so, without any proper education or any knowledge whatsoever about hygiene, and the risks involved or dangers of getting or making tattoos without health and safety regulations (some of which can include getting hepatitis, blood diseases or other serious infections). These so called “tattooists” are not capable of drawing a simple design or a single straight line but they have “learnt” the art of tattooing. And we have also seen many real tattooists starting to offer courses lasting only a few weeks!, offering certificates of completion and promising to make the students the next Cat Von D or Ami James of tattooing!
People need to understand that there is no quick way in getting good and being professional at this craft. Same as with any other craft or profession. If it takes 3 years to be a beautician and pull off peoples hairs and treat their skins, think how much time it would really need to know not only how to draw properly, but to know how skin anatomy works, how to apply properly a tattoo and how different skins work, not to mention the fact you are doing an invasive procedure on peoples bodies which should be performed in a clean environment with proper knowledge of hygiene as you would expect in any dentist or small surgical theater.
So you really have two honest choices. You either put the hours in, working free for few years for a good tattooist in exchange for him to teach you his craft, or you need to be expected to pay a lot of money, in attending classes, courses, and on top of that having to buy your own equipment, machines and setting up a professional studio from top to bottom. It would probably cost you the same as going to study at any private institution for couple of years only to learn to tattoo. And it should. If it doesn’t, you are probably doing it wrong and will end up harming other people in the process. Paying 200 or 500 or even 1000 euro for a tattoo course and expecting to be experienced enough to start tattooing is ridiculous. This is how much a good tattoo artist could expect to get paid by doing 3-4 tattoos, so why would he /she really offer you to give you all his/her knowledge for so cheap?? And not to say that there aren’t also a lot of others charging way more than that, without still offering any really value to your money, without offering good information, proper education and training, and again you end up not knowing how to tattoo properly and safely.
Health, hygiene, safety and proper hygienic procedures need to be followed in order to guarantee a safe and hygienic workplace for the client getting tattooed. That is why tattooing in homes, bedrooms, garages and so on is dangerous and also illegal in many cases. Tattoo studios have standards like separate rooms for each artist and client during the procedure of tattooing, sterile single use equipment, gloves, etc.
For the tattoo artist who is really professional and devoted to their craft, there is nothing really easy about it. It takes time, effort, hard work, and a real passion for what you do and the artwork you create. After all, you are marking someone else’s body for a lifetime, and you only get one shot at it. Plus you need to do it safely.
People should always select and choose a professional tattoo studio, where all health and safety regulations are followed and met, which will guarantee not only a safe tattoo but a high quality one also. For this, you need to be prepared to pay a lot more that the 10 - 20 or 50 euro your friend of a friend, cousin, niece, buddy or neighbor charges for and does in his bedroom. Professional and high quality tattoos cost, because they are the result of countless hours spent by the artist in learning his craft, in mastering his skills, hours spent in designing, drawing, painting, costs of high quality materials and equipment used while tattooing and also the knowledge to provide this experience in a safe and hygienic environment.
And if you are really interested and going around looking to learn and get into the industry of tattooing, wishing to become a tattooer or tattoo artist, make a good search before you decide where you will go learn and who you will trust to give your money. Look at their own work, their studios, the standards they keep, search the internet for more information about how to go about learning to tattoo THE RIGHT WAY. If you find something and it looks too easy or too cheap to be true, it is probably because it isn’t true. And if you find something or somewhere that it looks difficult and hard, and will require a lot of your effort, patience and hard work, that is the place you should be. After all, there isn’t anything free in this life, and you really shouldn’t expect that you can really learn to tattoo in a few days or weeks, when to the professionals, it took them years.
Author: Christos Tziortzis
(Tattoo artist & owner at Chris Cosmos Tattoo Studio)
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We found an amazing young artist, who uses his talent in painting to capture people who have ink!
A 36 year old painter from London, Chris Guest learned to paint by practicing endless hours, and devoting time in learning from his mistakes and figuring out ways to make his paintings better. He also studied illustration at Bournemouth University, and at Brunel College in Bristol.
He uses mostly oil, as he loves the feeling of working with it and the fact that the way to use oils hasn't changed for hundreds of years.
He loves to paint tattooed people in a classic style and technique, and has painted many tattooed models like Cervena Fox.
Make sure to check out his online store for all his available works!
Original source and full article at: http://www.th-ink.co.uk/2015/08/31/the-art-of-chris-guest/
1) He’s a bad boy
2) He’s Committed
3) He is a mystery
4) He is impulsive
5) He’s not boring
6) He’s romantic
7) He can handle pain
8) He finds meaning in things
9) He’s honest
10) His story is one you’ll want to hear
Let’s be honest ladies, until you find your prince there’s so many frogs it’s like a reenactment of the Egyptian plague. Searching for the right man can be exhausting but that could be a result of looking for love in all the wrong places. Often times what happens is females come up with a certain ‘type’ of man they desire through life experiences. Although it’s wonderful to have focus and a vision for the future, a narrow mind is limited. Perhaps tattoos didn’t make the mental list of traits because of their rough stigma or rowdy stereotypes but maybe those things are not always true. Maybe there’s more to what meets the eye when it comes to those men decked out in body art. Here’s a list of ten phenomenal things a man with tattoos brings to the table.
He’s a bad boy
For many girls out there that one sentence is enough but that’s not even the best part. The best part is a blanketed in tattoos will always have the appearance of a troublemaker even if he’s changed his ways.
Some women spend their whole lives searching for the one man who is brave enough to put a ring on it. Sadly, commitment is seldom seen these days, replaced with lofty promises, accompanied with just about any set of words or assortment of gifts that’ll avoid the alter. Obviously tattoos are not the “I do” answer ladies, but there is a possible link to devotion and tattoos.
Body art in itself doesn’t come with a return policy and a man who dares to wear an ample amount of ink knows this. He is aware of the no turning back factor. He sticks to the decisions he makes. He is a keeper of his word.
He is a mystery
Many of us see tattoos whenever we go out but a glance, a virtual first impression, doesn’t say much about the truth does it? Dating a man with tattoos means getting to know that expressive soul. It’s like extrapolating a thriller novel. Going over the pages again and again, sifting through the details. Studying the fine lines, reading between the lines, memorizing his personal patterns, all in hopes to one day solve the mystery of a man and his tattoos.
He is impulsive
Impulsivity is commonly thought of as a bad quality however, when it comes to dating a tattooed man it might be best to think spontaneity rather than recklessness. Sure, there may be some regrets and perhaps not every tattoo on his body is steeped in meaning. Although, in terms of the bigger picture dating a man with tattoos can mean being with someone who’s easy going and unafraid of making mistakes.
He’s not boring
In the workforce a man with many tattoos probably isn’t going to be in an uptight predictable position. Even before making the choice to get that black and gray half sleeve he was an expressive person. His natural creativity drove him to the artwork that he’s now covered in and of course he doesn’t regret them because his tattoos are simply showing the type of colorful visionary he is on the inside. When dating a man who has tattoos asking; “how was your day?” Won’t be met with a trite answer. Tattooed men crave adventure even in the most mundane and they always find it.
This reason right here is a personal weakness of mine. Men who have tattoos approach romance in their very own knee-buckling way. Just like everything else about him; the kindness, the mystery, and the sensitivity, the way he romances is anything but typical.
Tattoos cover scars both metaphorically and literally and a man covered in scars is bound to be a little dark and twisty. Think brooding, gothic, and severe the type of dangerous that excites much more than it terrifies. Who could resist a toe curling passion like that?
Oh, and as far as a tattooed man in formal wear, the effect is inexplicable. This point alone might just be the best one on this whole list.
He can handle pain
For the women out there who like their men rugged as in beards, and that certain type of unconscious masculinity, the tattooed man is for you. A little pain is nothing to him, at least he’s man enough to make it seem that way. Writer Gigi Engle said: “A guy who can handle a needle being dragged across his skin for hours at a time in the name of art is a man worth dating.“ Nothing’s sexier than a man who knows how to be one.
He finds meaning in things
“Imperfection is beauty” to both Marilyn Monroe and the man with tattoos. To him flaws are fantastic, jagged pieces and things littered with fractures are what he finds absolutely enchanting. Perhaps it is because he himself with all his stories engraved in his skin, knows nothing about perfection, and if it was perfect, well that would just be boring.
Honesty appears to be a nearly extinct practice that we could all stand to reinvest in. A liar isn’t something that’s usually found in a man with tattoos, reason being each one he has bears meaning and they probably don’t all stand for something positive or honorable. Dating a man with tattoos means dating someone who is aware of his mistakes, someone who’s willing to own up to the things he’s done and the places he’s been. He realizes that what’s been written of his story so far has shaped him into the man he is today.
His story is one you’ll want to hear
“A tattooed man is a complicated man.” He’s seen and done enough in life to live fast and learn well. That dynamic, multilayered outside springs from a sensitive, artistic inside. He’s a dreamer but more than that he’s a doer, he’s a man who sticks to what he wants. He’s aware of what he feels although he doesn’t wallow in it, art and imperfections captivate him and he approaches things through a poetic lens. When it comes to pain he can grin and bear it with the best of them and when the time is right he has a passionate dark side the never ceases to thrill. Reasons like this make dating a tattooed man hard to resist.
Original article at: http://blog.tattoodo.com/2015/02/10-legitimate-reasons-date-man-tattoos/
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Ο Dave Navarro, ένας πολύ διάσημος αμερικανός κιθαρίστας της rock σκηνής, που μεταξύ άλλων έχει συνεργαστεί και με τους Red Hot Chili Peppers, μας μιλά για τα τατουάζ που φέρει στο κορμί του.
Ένα από τα πιο συναισθηματικά τατουάζ που φέρει στο κορμί του, είναι ένα τατουάζ που φέρει στο δεξί του μπράτσο και γράφει "Έχω ένα αλλά όχι από επιλογή μου" και συνοδεύεται από ένα τριαντάφυλλο (Rose).
Όπως μας αναφέρει, βρισκόταν στο αεροπλάνο μια μέρα και δίπλα του καθόταν μια γυναίκα μεγάλης ηλικίας. Αυτή βλέποντας τα τατουάζ που διακοσμούσαν το κορμί του του λέει σε κάποια φάση, " Έχω ένα αλλά όχι από επιλογή μου " και σηκώνοντας το μανίκι της του αποκαλύπτει τους αριθμούς που της είχαν σημαδέψει κατά το ολοκαύτωμα. (Οι ναζιστές κατά το ολοκαύτωμα συνήθιζαν να σημαδεύουν αριθμούς πάνω στα σώματα των αιχμαλώτων τους, και αυτή η κυρία ήταν προφανώς μια από τους λίγους επιζήσαντες που γλύτωσε το θάνατο από τα φρικτά βασανιστήρια των Γερμανών κατά το 2ο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο)
Στη συνέχεια του διηγήθηκε την αποκαρδιωτική ιστορία των εμπειριών όπου έχασε και την οικογένεια της.
Αυτή η ιστορία είχε τέτοιο αντίχτυπο πρός τον Dave, και τον έκανε να νιώσει τέτοια ευγνομωσύνη για το πόσο καλή είναι η ζωή του, που αποφάσισε να σημαδέψει το κορμί του με ένα τατουάζ που να γράφει την φράση "Έχω ένα αλλά όχι από επιλογή μου" ( I have one but not by choice) και το συνόδεψε με ένα τριαντάφυλλο (rose) που ήταν το όνομα της γυναίκας εκείνης.
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