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History of Tattoos – Ancient Ink

Ancient_InkTattoos are a passionate topic today. People get tattoos for many reasons. Millions of variations have been applied and continue to be fashioned. But tattoos aren’t a new craze. The history of tattoos is a novel, not a short story, and they’ve been here for a long time.

Oetzi The Iceman

Nobody can truly state just when the history of tattoos began. The most ancient recognized tattoo was exposed in 1991. It was found on a mummy named Oetzi, an Iceman dated to be not less than 5300 years old. His tattoos are comprised of horizontal and vertical lines. There is a certain amount of dispute as to the reason the tattoos are there.

Since discovering the remains, researchers have been able to do little but guess that this most primeval form of tattoo was for the purpose of fending off evil spirits, or that it might have been a certain type of rite-of-passage. The most widespread view is that the tattoos were designed for medicinal purposes.

Oetzi’s fifty-seven tattoos are positioned on various joints of the body. The notion is that the tattoos were created as a type of acupuncture was applied to relieve tender joints. In the present day, the same locations are used for acupuncture. Additional ideas vary from social standing and ritual markings to ethnic inscription or just preference.
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Tattoo Inks Contamination Risk

TattooInkThere is the potential for pigments used in tattoo inks to be contaminated with bacteria, mould and fungus. Studies performed by health departments, the CDC, the FDA, scientists and medical researchers around the world seem to show that tattoo inks contaminated with bacterium are far from uncommon. Even the most diligent tattoo artist with a perfect standard of hygiene is usually unaware that the tattoo inks being used are already contaminated. Contaminated tattoo inks in most instances, show no visual sign of contamination. Recently tattoo ink manufacturers have begun offering single use sterile vials of tattoo ink to reduce the products risk of contamination. A recent study by the European Journal of Dermatology tested over fifty tattoo ink bottles from various manufacturers. The tests found ten percent of the tattoo inks were contaminated with microbially containing a variety of bacterium whilst the tattoo inks were still sealed.

Tattoo inks penetrate directly into the dermis, the second layer of skin. As broken skin and bleeding result from the needles it’s important to ensure the tattoo is performed safely. It is extremely important for any one showing signs of a skin lesions or infections to seek medical advice immediately. Ointments provided by tattoo artists for wound care are not suitable for treatment of infections. Cutaneous mycobacterial infections are not readily contracted, but should be considered in cases where skin lesions do not respond to standard antimicrobial therapy. If an infection from a tattoo occurs to help control such outbreaks it’s vital to contact the health authorities in your country and contact the tattoo artist so they can prevent any further immediate instances of contamination occurring.
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Tattoo Ink, What Are Your Options?

Tattoos, once the domain of bikers and other societal outlaws, have become much more acceptable to the mainstream. They can be seen on people from all walks of life, from the cigarette smoking cook at the local greasy spoon to the teen-queen suburban debutante. Tattoo ink has been applied to nearly every type of skin imaginable.

Any reputable tattoo artist will undoubtedly have a wide range of tattoo ink available to their customers. Traditionally, tattoos were created using inks made from ash, dirt or plant material, which resulted in a very limited range of hues that could be applied. However, modern ink can be found in nearly every color of the rainbow, giving tattoo artists and customers a much wider range of options.

Brightly colored tattoo ink is arguably one of the primary reasons for the explosion in the popularity of tattoos. No longer are tattoos relegated to the style common to old sailors and convicts. A talented artist with the right training and access to the right colors can create tattoos that are more akin to fine art. A browsing through any tattoo magazine will reveal a host of beautifully created and colorfully decorated skin art. These designs can range from the most realistic depictions of flowers and butterflies to the grittiest interpretations of Dante’s descriptions of hell.
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Facts and Care for White Ink Tattoos

When you hear people talking about getting a white ink tattoo, they usually mean a design which is in all white ink with no other colours. These tats are typically more subtle than the blaringly loud designs you would get with black ink or coloured marks. A white ink tattoo will more often than not, look more like a scar/brand. It is a great way to get inked in a more private way. These marks are usually only really visible when you deliberately show it someone. It is the best of both worlds. You can have your very personal art, without getting any kind of negative attention at formal gatherings or at work.

Simplicity is key when it comes to white ink tattoos. Keep in mind that your tattoo artist will be working with ink which is a little bit trickier to see. Simplistic art has a solid shot at showing up more clearly than a complicated one. Trendy selections include shooting star tattoos, dragons, writing, key tattoos, Kanji symbols, hearts, and basic tribal patterns. These are so much easier to ink and way less likely to end up as a confusing and disappointing blur. All white tattoos will require to be inked over a few times to make sure the finished pattern is as noticeable as possible. Also, darker coloured skin tends to dampen the brightness of white ink.
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The Complete Tattoo Supplies Guide

If you are planning to start your own tattoo parlor, or if you simply want to improve your skills as a tattoo artist and indulge in your love for tattoos, the first things that you need are great tattoo supplies. The quality of the supplies can make a huge difference to the tattoo art that you come up with.

Let us look into some of the basic tattoo supplies that you need, so that you can start creating beautiful and unique arts for your clients or friends immediately.

The Machine

Of course the first thing that you need if you want to create tattoos is the machine, popularly known as the tattoo gun. A tattoo needle is inserted in this tattoo machine, which is then dipped into the tattoo ink. Once the tattoo machine is powered by the tattoo artist, it pierces the skin to deposit the ink and, voila! You have your tattoo!
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