De Colores!

Previous posts have discussed why I got a tattoo and how I came to find the right artist and showed the first round of line-work. I am proud to announce, we have color! In honor of the new tat, I did a little research on the history of tattooing. It dates back 5,000 years. It was done in a variety of cultures across the world. Here are some of the traditions that most resonated with me.

This artwork is stunning.

This artwork is stunning.

A selective history of tats:

From designboom, history of tattoos.

Polynesian peoples believe that a person’s mana, their spiritual power or life force, is displayed through their tattoo…Elaborate geometrical designs which were often added to, renewed, and embellished throughout the life of the individual until they covered the entire body.

In Samoa, the tradition of applying tattoo, or tatau, by hand.The tattooing ceremonies for young chiefs, were a key part of their ascendance to a leadership role.

The Hawaiian people had their traditional tattoo art, known as ‘kakau’. It served them not only for ornamentation and distinction, but to guard their health and spiritual well-being.

The Maori of New Zealand had created one of the most impressive cultures of all Polynesia. Their tattoo, called moko, reflected their refined artistry – using their woodcarving skills to carve skin. The full-face moko was a mark of distinction, 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.

Celtic culture was full of body art. Knotwork is probably the most recognized form of Celtic art, with lines forming complex braids which then weave across themselves. these symbolize the connection of all life. Step or key patterns, like those found in early labyrinth designs, are seen both in simple borders and full complex mazes. these designs are symbolic of the various paths that life’s journey can take.

Celtic raven.

Celtic raven.

In Mexico and Central America tattoos were a sign of courage.

Its American, but definitely latino influenced.

It's American, but definitely latino influenced.

And so, without further ado, the tat with COLOR!

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