I choose to write a paper about tattooing, because the art of tattoo really fascinates me. I’m really glad that I can talk things about tattoo arts. I will talk about what I learned about tattoo and some of the tools that were used back then to accomplish such a fine piece of arts. Tattooing is a traditional art form spread over many cultures and societies, others consider tattoos as form of arts and some are just for looks. Those who thinks tattoos are just for looks will have to realize that tattoos are a part of visual art. I myself have tattoos that represents my personal life, I actually have 4 tattoos one is a dragon, a leo sign, an infinity sign with my daughter’s initial around it and last one is rosary on my ankle, each of these tattoos represents me.
Therefore one might say, “Usually all my tattoos came at good times. A tattoo is something permanent when you've made a self-discovery, or something you've come to a conclusion about." (Jolie). I think that people today should look at the meaning and value of a tattoo “The human body is always treated as an image of society” (Douglas). Along with the meaning on one’s body, people’s attitudes towards tattoo have begun to change what one thinks about tattoos. The outlooks to life have changed more and more throughout the years as the personal interest in tattoos grow. “My body is a journal in a way. It’s like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something, a specific time in your life when you make a mark on yourself, whether you do it yourself with a knife or with a professional tattoo artist” (Depp). “Bad tattoos are like a bad marriage: it's a lifelong commitment, it hurts like hell, and the color fades over time. But good tattoos are like a good marriage: you're proud of it and want to show it off, you know you'll be happy with it the rest of your life, and you wake up to beauty every morning” (Guillements). Definitely sometimes the personal interest is usually based on stereotypes, and self- expression. The abstract world tends to look down upon the ones who take part in this art. People choose to really show what’s on the inside by revealing it on the outside with tattoos. Which I think is the only way they can express either the feelings or emotions? Symbolism and meanings are by far one of the most important aspects of the tattoo industry. “Tattoos are like stories - they're symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful” (Anderson). For that reason tattooing is a form of self-expression, and can stand for literal interpretations. For the most part these interpretations are the transmission of spiritual meaning, or marking milestones such as life or death. For those who thinks tattooing is just for looks or having bad judgment on it, they should also realize that a human personal interests reflects upon their lives.
Base on my research through internet, I have learned that the tools that were used for tattoo before was extremely painful than today. Polynesians tattoo can only be done by a tufuga (master tattooist), using a handmade tools of bone, tusk, turtle shell and wood. The traditional name of their tattoo is Pe’a, it is also a traditional method to fetch spiritual power, protection and strength. The Polynesian use this as a sign of character, position and levels in a hierarchy.
I think having a tattoo is a great way to express your personality and emotions, when I got my infinity tattoo