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African Tribal Tattoo Art African Tribal Tattoo Art

African tribal tattoo art is among the most unique forms of indigenous tattoo art. While most types of tattooing techniques and designs ultimately originated with the principles of opening the skin and rubbing in some sort of pigment that would remain under the skin after the wound had healed, African tribal tattoo art is actually a texturing process rather than simply a dying or pigmentation process. This makes it not only unique due to...

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Celtic Knotwork Tattoos and Celtic Tattoo Designs: History and Significance in Modern Tattoo Design Celtic Knotwork Tattoos and Celtic Tattoo Designs: History and Significance in Modern Tattoo Design

Celtic knotwork tattoos are extremely popular and highly symbolic, and have been for many years. These highly ornamental styles of tattoo are very common in a wide variety of images and patterns, and many people enjoy customizing Celtic knotwork to fit their own ideas and tattoo designs...

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Egyptian Tattoos and Tattoo Designs Egyptian Tattoos and Tattoo Designs

Some way or another, the culture, history, architecture, religion and people of Egypt have all influenced modern global society at large. As more time passes, and archaeologists unearth the answers to this timeless lands ancient mysteries, we will continue to discover more and more of an Egyptian leaning in our own everyday lives and cultures.

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Japanese Tattoos and Tattoo Designs Japanese Tattoos and Tattoo Designs

There is something about the Japanese culture that has both inspired and mystified the Western world at large. The rich history of daimyos, samurai warriors, life under shoguns and the vivid culture of the everyday citizens is so far away from our own that it easily binds us up and takes us into a tiny fraction of their world. A world where your nose is greeted with the enticing scent of brewing tea, and your senses are eagerly awaiting the majestic wonder of the cha ceremony. It is a world that has intoxicated our minds with intense philosophies and art.

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Maori Tattoo Designs: Indigenous Tattoos Maori Tattoo Designs: Indigenous Tattoos

Maori Tattoo Designs:
In Your Face

Nestled on the tiny island (okay, not so tiny) of New Zealand, the Maori tribe has provided us with the beautiful (but entirely painful) body art of facial tattoos. In fact, as a tribute to their amazingly unique tribal tattoo designs, the art of tribal facial tattoos is also interchangeably known as Maori tattoo designs.

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Pocahontas Tattoos: Realism and Tradition Pocahontas Tattoos: Realism and Tradition

Nearly everyone knows the story of Pocahontas, the Indian maiden who left her home to journey to Europe after saving her love, John Rolfe. After Disney created a friendly, musical version of Pocahontas somewhat bloody life story, everyone was familiar with the lovely, singing maiden and her tribe of empathic animal friends. Interestingly, Disney elected to restore to Pocahontas something other...

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Polynesian Tattoos and Tattoo Designs Polynesian Tattoos and Tattoo Designs

The Polynesian islands (which include Samoa, The Cook Islands, Easter Island, Tonga, French Polynesia, Tahiti, and our own Hawaii, just to name a few) have been a popular tourist destination across the United States and the world at large. There is something about the relaxed, friendly, colorful people that keeps us regularly coming back for more. With a history and culture quite different from our own, the traditions, mythology and artistic expression of this area has spread to the world abroad, one foreign visitor at a time.

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Prehistoric Tattoos Before Time: Prehistoric Tattoo Designs Prehistoric Tattoos Before Time: Prehistoric Tattoo Designs

The tribal tattoo, which has become very popular in the last few years, is often considered to be the primitive rendition of a timeless art form. However, tribal tattoos are absolutely modern when compared with the truly ancient specimens: prehistoric tattoo designs. These designs have been found on mummies over 7000 years old and of every ethnic group imaginable, and it appears that man began marking himself and his possessions with this ancient art form long before...

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Samoan Tattoos Samoan Tattoos

Samoan tattoos

Tattoos have long been an important aspect of Samoan culture. In fact, we even derive the word tattoo from the Samoan word tatau. It is one of the few Polynesian terms that has crept its way into everyday English language. Samoan tattoos have been an important part of the Samoan culture for thousands of years and, surprisingly, their tattooing process has not...

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Tattooing Methods and Tattoo Designs for Health Tattooing Methods and Tattoo Designs for Health

Prehistoric people used their tattoos not only for decoration, but for health and protection as well. It is believed by many researchers that Otzi, a heavily tattooed iceman found mummified in a bank of snow and ice thousands of years after his death, got most of his 57 tattoos for health or religious reasons. This is because his tattoos were in lines that adhered to the lines of his body and appe

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The Ancient Art of Henna Tattoos The Ancient Art of Henna Tattoos
Mehndi:The Ancient Art of Henna TattoosMen and women alike are turning out in droves to discover the ephemeral beauty of mehndi, an ancient way of decorating the body with powders derived from the henna plant. Henna creates a reddish-auburn dye that, aside from its uses as a medium for body art, has also been used through the ages to accentuate and increase the color of redhea ...
Tribal Tattooing and Tribal Tattooing Designs Tribal Tattooing and Tribal Tattooing Designs

Tribal tattooing has become extremely popular within the last decade. However, these designs and patterns have their roots in extremely ancient tattooing practices that have influenced the art of tattooing for centuries and lie at the root of todays tattoo techniques. Tribal tattoos come in many different forms, and tribal tattoo designs have taken on a life of their own as they have gained in...

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