Tattoos and Their Meanings
Tattoos have a long history, and usually, there are only two possible reactions to the idea of permanently marking your skin: People either love them or hate them.
Regardless how you feel about them, tattoos have been around for thousands of years. In fact, they were around in Ancient Egypt. Pregnant women in Ancient Egyptian times would sometimes tattoo a small web on their abdomen when they became pregnant. As the baby grew inside them, the web would stretch, symbolically protecting the child in the womb.
Even earlier than that, the famous “ice-man” had small dots strategically tattooed on his body around certain joints, which scientists now theorize were applied for therapeutic reasons.
The reasons for getting tattoos vary immensely. As described above, some tattoos are therapeutic or meant to be used as a protective amulet, but there are numerous motives for permanently marking your body. Common reasons people have for getting a tattoo include religion, marks of social status, lineage and tribal identification, and beauty.
Although today tattoos can be seen on practically every street corner, from young punk-rock kids to the middle-aged generation sporting ink from their youth, it hasn’t always been that way.
Tribal communities would often use tattoos to adorn a warrior and display his feats and accomplishments. In some tribal societies, women tattooed themselves in order to appear more attractive to the opposite sex.
In America, however, tattoos haven’t always been that popular. Generally speaking, tattoos began appearing more commonly right After the American Revolutionary War. Sailors found that tattoos made an excellent identifying mark should they be imprisoned by the British, or should their bodies be found dead at sea. Polite society, however, did not adorn itself with permanent ink for many more years.
Now, tattoos are almost standard in our society. However, the reasons and meanings behind an individual’s tattoos are still very personal. People get tattoos to wear the name of their loved ones, to show off their favorite sports team, and even to display something deep and meaningful only to that individual.
It’s not just the men, either.
Women also proudly wear their ink for all the world to see. For women, however, the tattoos are often more subtle and symbolic. There are many animals and amulets that have a hidden meaning, and women wear those symbols close to their heart. Here are a few of the most common small tattoos on women, and what those tattoos mean.
Although tattoos have been around for thousands of years, the method of tattooing has indeed evolved quite a bit.
No matter how you feel about tattoos, one thing is certain: There’s no getting away from them. Tattoos are beautiful, remarkable, symbolic, and they are an artistic way of expressing yourself through symbolism and mystery. For anyone interested in tattoos, because they’re permanent, it’s highly recommended you do your research first, and think hard about it before you decide. Once you’re ready, make sure the tattoo artist knows exactly what you’re looking for. Tattoos are beautiful, and they can definitely be an ice-breaker at your next party. Enjoy the beauty of your ink, and wear it proudly!