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Body Art: Tattooing as an Art Form

Scientists have traced markings on the body all the way back to a mummified body from 3300 B.C.E. These markings have been found on Egyptian and Nubian mummies from the 2000 B.C.E. These early markings are what we know today as tattoos.


As a person bearing tattoos herself, I recognize that tattooing is an ever changing art, just as any other. It’s part of what makes this form of expression so unique. While styles and trends change through the years, what amazes me about body art is the communication between artist and recipient. You can approach an artist with an idea close to your heart, and this artist works to create your vision on paper… and on skin.

As the tattooing industry develops and grows, there are several new approaches that strike me as an amazing art form.

Mandala Tattoo, cathedraltattoo.tumblr.com

Mandalas are spitual and ritual symbols, as part of Hinduism and Buddhism, meant to represent the universe. Often, mandalas are meant to exhibit radial balance. Used as a spirital tool, mandalas are used to establish a sacred space, and meant to aid in meditation. As a tattoo, not only does this show incredible composition, and harmony, but the representation of balance between body and mind is one that is deserving of a permanent place on your body.

Watercolor Tattoo, www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/watercolor-tattoos

Watercolor tattooing is a fairly new technique, and one that literally reinvents an art form. Watercoloring creates a more vibrant, and even saturated coloring, compared to traditional tattooing.

Watercolor Painting Tattoo, www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/watercolor-tattoos

With techniques like this developing, being part of the tattoo culture means being part of an art culture. Personal representations and memorials can be even more creative and defined with such real and concentrated colours.

Floral Watercolor Tattoo, www.pinterest.com

Animal Tattoo, Artist: Petra Hlavackova, www.pinterest.com

What famous paintings would you consider having become your own body art? Share them with us?

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