An Overlooked Art: The Art Of Tattoos

Have you ever thought about getting a tattoo?

I believe the outlook on tattoos are so warped and misunderstood by society today. Tattoos are not just designs; they are expressions of art that separate us from one another and can represent multiple things about ourselves.

Tattoos can be what ever we want them to be. It is our creativity that gives them meaning to us. Tattoos can be sexy, powerful, funny, meaningful, and insightful as to how we represent ourselves.


When I get a tattoo, I want it to have meaning and I want it to be something I will never be ashamed of because, after all, it is with me forever. I am not the type of person that is going to get tatted up from head to toe. I would rather have 2-3 tattoos with meaning and I will be satisfied with that.

However, I will admit I was not familiar with the origin of tattoos and I never really had the desire to check it out until today. After doing some research I was stunned to see how far back in time tattoos originated.

For example, meet Otzi the Ice Man:

Otzi The Iceman

Otzi The Ice Man Shows Tattoos Go Back At Least 5,000 Years

In October, 1991, a five thousand-year old tattooed man-made the headlines of newspapers all over the world when his frozen body was discovered on a mountain between Austria and Italy. He had apparently been hunting and was caught in a snowstorm as he tried to return home. Together with the body were clothing, a bow and arrows, a bronze ax and flint for making fire.

“This is the only body of a Bronze Age man found in a glacier, and certainly the best preserved corpse of that period ever found,” Professor Konrad Spindler of Innsbruck University said.

The skin is of great interest because it bears 57 tattoos: a cross on the inside of the left knee, six straight lines 15 centimeters long above the kidneys and numerous parallel lines on the ankles. Spindler stated that the position of the tattoo marks suggests that they were probably applied for therapeutic reasons.


What makes tattoos so interesting is that they have evolved with our culture as we have. The designs of tattoos are all different because of the cultures they originated in.

Tattoos are a way of expressing ourselves and spreading culture!

Tattoos tell the story of our lives in exotic designs and beautiful art. Tattooing is an art and for those who do not believe so, you’re a complete idiot and need to OPEN YOUR MIND.

For as many differences there in people, the same can be said about tattoos.

Tattoos have served as rites of passage, marks of status and rank, symbols of religious and spiritual devotion, decorations for bravery, sexual lures and marks of fertility, pledges of love, punishment, amulets and talismans, protection, and as the marks of outcasts, slaves and convicts.

The symbolism and impact of tattoos varies in different places and cultures. Tattoos show how a person feels about a relative or about an unrelated person.

The styles of tattooing are endless, just like their boundaries.

SPIKE TV recently aired a show about tattoo artists. This is a reality show based on tattoo artists and their skills. The show is called Ink Master and it is one of my favorite shows on Television. Not only are there sick designs and artwork, but they show how truly creative a tattoo artist has to be.

It puts a vigorous strain on the artists to not only have excellent work, but to do in a specific style and in a specific time. Watching this show inspired me to think about getting my 2nd tattoo and made me appreciate the work of a tattoo artist.


So next time you are in a tattoo shop, don’t just think of the tattoo displays as cool pictures. They are unique works of art that transcend the negative reputation of tattoos and tattoo artists. The styles reflect an understanding of tattooing as an art and should be respected as so.

Ask the tattoo artist about what style he will use on your tattoo choice. His or her answer could be the ground work for the decision to get the tattoo from that particular artist or not.

Feel free to email a picture of your tattoo to for possible inclusion in a future article!




About peteydeez
College Graduate from St. John's University with Bachelor Science Degree in Sport Management - Sports Enthusiast - Jets/Mets/Rangers/Knicks Fan

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