Different Types of Tattoos and Their Meaning

There are millions of different tattoos, and many have deep meanings behind them. Tattoo artists develop specific styles for their artwork. This article will discuss some of the tattoo styles.


Tattoo_Temple_Joey_Pang_bobo_websqJapanese tattoos date back to 10,000 BCE and have a history that relates to being sacred and traditional. This is a very distinctive style, that draws upon well-known and recognized themes in Asian art, intricate detailed items of real beauty, such as lotus flowers, Koi carp, tigers, waves, cherry blossoms, dragons, geisha girls, Buddha, Samurai’s and so on. These images can be used to relay a story. This type of style of tattoo, is timeless and will never grow old or become out-of-date; it’s art-work which can grow and expand to cover as much of the body as one wants it to and can often cover whole limbs. It’s colourful. It needs careful planning; and it’s usually of a 2-dimensional style. A traditional Japanese intricate design is known as Irezumi, which has its basis in tebori (hand carved) tattoos. Yakusa tattoos have links to the Japanese criminal underworld; the tattoos have bold black outlines, and can sometimes include characters from Japanese folklore. If you get a tattooist who is experienced in this art-form, every aspect of the design, from the direction of the waves, to the direction of an animals head will have a meaning behind the decision.


Celtic designs, are usually in black ink, and their design is made up of intricate knots; and sometimes crosses and spirals. People may often have a Celtic band circling there upper arm. It is also possible to get trinity knots; trees of life and Celtic animal designs. Generally the meaning behind Celtic designs, is some link to a Gaelic, Welsh or Breton heritage, or connection to the folklore there.


My Favorite Hobbies Everyone Should Try Out at Least Once

There are so many diverse hobbies that you could choose to participate in. Here are some of my most engaging and awesome hobbies that I’ve tried and would recommend everyone should try out at least once:

      1. Reading

woman-notebook-working-girlThere are so many books on every conceivable topic, that you will always manage to find a book that interests you. Reading is great because people spend years researching a topic, and neatly package it in a book for you, so that you can acquire the information that took them years, much more quickly in a matter of weeks! Expanding your education by reading will make you more knowledgeable, interesting, well informed and appealing!

      2. Baseball

Learning a new sport is really worthwhile, it’ll give you a great sense of camaraderie with the other players, you may make quite a number of new friends to socialize with; you’ll learn the skill involved in hitting the ball, judging it for catches; and you’ll become a lot fitter with all the running involved. There will be numerous adult recreational groups you can join.

      3. Magic

Learning magic will make you an instant hit at adult and children’s parties where you can amaze the crowds with your card-skills, or skills of misdirection. It’s a skill that can break the ice in difficult situations. It will also make you more perceptive and aware of other people who are trying deliberately to distract.


How to See a Beauty in Everyday Life

sunset-567712_960_720There is so much beauty all around us, but sometimes in the hustle and bustle of busy working
life, we forget to ‘stop and smell the roses’ and appreciate the immense beauty that surrounds us. Sometimes the bad things in life seem to stand out more to us, but that needn’t be the case. This article is about ways we can remember to take the time to see the beauty around us and ways of finding more beauty in life. By doing this we can realize that normal life can be extraordinary, and live a more beautiful life:

1. Sunrise and Sunset

These both occur day and night. It’s an obvious statement, but there’s so much beauty contained in the stunning colours and displays, take time to look at them and appreciate them, now and again perhaps you could attempt to photograph or paint them. Take time to appreciate all the wonders of nature around you.

2. Learn what beauty is to you

You need to have a good understanding of yourself, and what is important and of value to you, and then work out how you can get more of this in your life. If anything’s missing from your life to make it beautiful, then strive to gain this by taking steps towards it. If you need to remove things from your life to create more room for beauty it’s important to do that too.


Ancient Tattoo Practices that Will Inspire Tattoo Artists

Ancient Tattoo Practices that Will Inspire Tattoo ArtistsWhile reading a book about the history of tattoo art, I couldn’t help but be impressed and inspired by early tattoo artists. Unlike today’s tattoo art, ancient master tattoo artists used crude instruments in creating their masterpieces. The use of organic and primeval instruments required meticulous attention and mastery. Although there are still some cultures that continue to practice the ancient tattoo rituals, modern day tattoo practices, particularly in health and safety, have been incorporated to these ancient forms.

Here let’s take a look at some ancient tattoo practices and rituals.

Ancient Egypt

Perhaps, one of the most prominent civilizations that used tattoos, ancient Egyptians wore tattoos as regalia. In 3,000 BC, tattoo artists used wood-handled tattoo instruments with a sharp point. During the latter years, they have improved their tools that were made of bronze material shaped like the modern tattoo needles. The Egyptians were not constrained by daylight as they had light source that allowed them to do tattoo in the dark. These lights were much like the modern day LED lights or better yet a grow light. For tattoo artists, you might want to consider using LED grow lights as an alternative, navigate to this website.

Ancient Japan

An ancient form of tattooing by hand is known as Tebori in Japan. The tattoo artist, or Tebori master, uses a metal or wood that is dotted with a row of needles. It impresses the tattoo design to the skin through constant motion of moving the hand while holding the needle handle. This technique is quite different from the modern electric tattoo machines. Instead of performing a ling and stopping, the Tebori master performs in an ongoing rhythm.

Thai Tattoos

Sak Yant or “magic tattoo” is a traditional tattoo ritual in Thailand. It is performed by a monk and is believed to give good fortune, strength, luck and protection, as it is intertwined with Buddhist mantras and beliefs. To date, this traditional form of tattooing is still being performed. For this form of tattooing, the monk uses a bamboo stick with a sharp point on one end, like a quill. This sharp edge is split into two pieces to deliver the ink deep into the skin. Another tattoo instrument that can be used is the metal spike which is resembles that of the bamboo stick.

Maori Tattoo

Both male and female members of the Maori tribe are tattooed. In Maori culture, the head is considered sacred. Female Maoris only received tattoos around their nostrils, chin and lips, while men had their entire face fully covered. The designs are usually made of tribal patterns. During the tattoo ritual, the Maori tattoo artist makes use of a chisel made of bone to puncture through the skin. After cutting the lines with design, the tattooist would tap the chisel which has been dipped in pigment. It results in the lines and designs.

Polynesian Tattoo Ritual

In ancient Polynesian cultures, tattoos are a symbol of status and wealth. It was also performed as a rite of passage. Men who were covered with tattoos are admired and well-respected, while those who were not inked were disrespected or even shunned. Traditional Polynesian tattoo artist used needles in rake shape or a comb attached to wooden handle. These needles were made of hard materials, such as turtle shell or bone. A separate wood stick is used to tap the wood handle that pierces the needles to the skin.

Who Has the Best Tattoo in MMA?

Who Has the Best Tattoo in MMAThe art of inking is among the most ancient forms of art. For most ancient cultures, tattoos celebrate the life of a person. Usually, they tell stories of courage, of a warrior’s triumph in war or a symbol of one’s stature in their social structure.

We have carried on this tradition to modernity. While anyone can now get inked, tattoos still remain the symbol of a warrior. Point in case: majority of MMA fighters have some of the best tattoo arts. Perhaps, you’ve seen them train using a nice grappling dummy as reviewed here.

With most MMA icons having a unique tattoo, there are a few that stands out of the rest.

Here are some of the best tattoos in the MMA arena.

  1. Thiago Alves

The Pit Bull has one of the coolest tattoos in the MMA. He is fierce on the cage and looks determined for the win. On his right arm, he sports a Gothic designed tattoo that reads “Pit Bull” and a very meaningful Bible verse Philippians 4:13. Beneath it are various artistic tattoos that look fearsome.

  1. Chris Leben

A fairly crazy fighter, Chris Leben’s tattoos are equally crazy. His body is virtually a canvass, full of tattoos of varying designs. The UFC fighter believes that his mammoth tattoos are a way for him to stand out and to look cool. They easily stand out. Probably the best among his tattoos is the notable piece in his back which many people mistakenly think of as samurai.  It’s actually Genghis Khan and was done by a Mongolian guy.

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The intricately designed dragon tattoo on his right shoulder is beautiful and imposing. Its detail and color makes it hypnotizing. Werdum got this fierce tattoo soon after crushing Gabriel Gonzaga in the cage.

  1. Benson Henderson

Undoubtedly one of the best angel wing tattoos ever made, the enormous wings tattoo that covers the back of Henderson is badass. It has an almost fresh flesh, blood looking joints as if it was real. The wings are clipped perfectly and almost ready to spring open and fly.

  1. Kid Yamamoto

Adding to his spunky look, the cyborg-inspired tattoo of Yamamoto is carefully designed and neatly executed. His tattoos almost sends a message to his fans and foes that he is a half-man, half-machine who knows no pain and is ready to get you in the jugular.

  1. Renan Barão

Ever wondered what Barão’s tattoo meant? This cryptic message actually translates to “Guided by God.” The tattoo verse is quite providential as this MMA warrior has held on to a spotless slate. If you could just see him tirelessly practice and train with one of the nice submission grappling dummies in their gym. At his back is another notable piece, an impressive eagle tattoo.

  1. Alessio Sakara

I guess many UFC fans would agree that Italian slug fighter, Alessio Sakara, has the best tattoos among his peers. Many of his inks designs reflect his Italian heritage. Claiming to be the soldier of Rome, Sakara has chosen to stick with monochrome colors adding value and beauty to his tattoos.

  1. Scott Jorgensen

Jorgensen has lots of amazing tattoos which makes it difficult to choose which one is the best. Probably the instant favorite piece is the robot on his forearm and the sun on his shoulder. His skin condition, known as vitiligo, which causes his ink to brighten up adds value to his very artistic tattoos.

How about you? Who do you think has the best tattoo in the world of MMA? Did I miss out on your favorite fighter?

Caring for Tattoo Gear

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One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot over the years is how I take care of my equipment, keep it clean, and keep it working. Well, caring for tattoo gear is actually a lot easier than most people seem to think. Me, I just replace needles every time I ink somebody, so I never have to worry about sterilizing those or cleaning them off. I do have to sterilize my tattooing tool though, and for that I actually like to use a powerful UV lamp. Believe it or not, ultraviolet light kills a lot of nasty little bacteria, so it’s pretty good for sterilizing my tools.

You can actually find ultraviolet sterilizers in a few environments too, not just tattooing. They seem to find their way into aquariums and filtration systems for cleaning water, as well as medical settings where equipment absolutely must be clean at all times. Now I’m not a doctor or anything, but my situation is kind of the same. My tools have to be clean nor I risk spreading infectious diseases, and besides that, it makes clients feel comfortable and gets them coming back and telling their friends about me. Everyone likes a tattooist that’s clean.

These ultraviolet sterilizers are a lot different from, say, UV grow lights. At http://plantozoid.com/ you can read all about different grow lights. The issue with those is they don’t produce ultraviolet light at the intensity needed to fry invasive and potentially dangerous bacteria and other potential illnesses. If they did, they would pretty quickly fry any plants you were using them to grow, so they’d be kind of counterintuitive and bad. Sterilizers blast whatever’s in their range with an intense barrage of UV rays – that’s why they kill stuff where the other UV lights can’t, or don’t.

It’s not just the tattoo tool that I need to worry about either. I use droppers for drawing ink and feeding it into the tool, and those also need to be washed and sterilized regularly. The same goes for my inks too. I don’t like to leave them on for too long since it can mess with the colors, but that’s the one piece of gear that most tattooists forget all about and never try to clean. It’s also a part of the kit that comes out at every job, regardless of what the client wants. See the potential for a problem there? I do.

Again, I really want to be specific about this. You can’t just use any old ultraviolet light to sterilize items. It has to produce enough of the stuff to really fry whatever might be lingering behind after tattooing someone. Likewise, you can’t use a sterilizer to “supercharge” your plants and get them growing faster if you have some sort of indoor operation going. That would just be an awful mistake. If you’re trying to grow stuff, you’d be better off visiting this website to learn more about the proper way to care for plants and keep them healthy. Just like with my tattoo equipment, UV light can do the job for you.

The Lighter Side of Hunting

The Lighter Side of HuntingIf you want to go hunting in the USA, you have to be lucky. In some states, like Iowa, the only way you’re going to get a trophy deer is by having your name drawn out of a barrel, like a lottery. Bagging a whitetail deer in Iowa is either going to cost you an arm and a leg for an out of state licence or, as I said, being lucky. Mind you, the deer in that state are probably the biggest.

States like Texas, Illinois, Mississippi and Kansas have reputations for successful hunting of whitetails but at times, if you don’t get drawn out of the barrel, it’s going to cost a small fortune for a hunting licence. When you start adding costs of camping gear, the 4WD kitted out with all the necessary extras, ammunition and your specialised clothing, it’s getting to the stage where the hunting instinct of man is becoming way too expensive. You might as well just sit at home and watch the National Geographic channel with a cold beer in front of a warm fire.

I’m a bit luckier than most. I live in the great state of Indiana and it’s a hunting we will go. The red tape involved in the gun licence, hunting licence, antlerless deer rules and small game bagging can be a nightmare, but once you have cleared the obstacles and stayed within the rules once, then each time after it’s a lot easier. I go hunting every year with my neighbour, Alex. We usually head out around mid-September to an area known as Splinter Ridge, which is only about 2600 acres of woodland. It’s not a well-known popular spot, and that suits us fine.

Over the years of hunting we have upgraded our 4WD’s to the current Jeep Grand Cherokee for me and Toyota Cruiser Pickup for Alex. We spent the money on kitting them out with front protection bars, a convertible mattress in the back, a safety winch, carrying rack on the roof and a dual battery system.

It’s a funny thing, but over the years, vehicles have been getting better and better but the lighting systems stayed the same. Halogen and HID spotlights are yesterday’s technology. We found that these spotlights we used while hunting were a huge drain on the batteries which prompted our dual battery system purchase for the vehicles. This hunting season we have attached great LED Light Bars to the roof racks as well as changed out the headlight system to LED as well.

We tried these systems out before we purchased them and the difference in the light, that is the range and brightness, is enormous. It’s not only for the driving that we will use them but also for camp lighting in the evening. There is a lot less battery discharge and it’s as bright as day in the camp during the evenings when we are preparing a meal and generally relaxing after a day’s hunting.

Tatts and Training

Tatts and TrainingMany people tend to think that body art, tattoos, and body building, weights and gym work, go hand in hand. Logically speaking, this isn’t really true, but the image is here to stay. The growth of the tattooing industry over the past decade or so has been meteoric, to say the least. Maintaining a healthy body by lifting weights, physical exercise and diet have also taken off like a rocket. Put the two together and it’s no wonder that people may make that observation.

What is it really? It’s probably more a personal decision for a person to make their body look the way they want it to be. There used to be an old advertisement in comic books that showed a 95 lb weakling having sand kicked in his face at the beach by a muscle bound bully. That must have been the first advertisement ever for promoting fitness and health and being stronger. These days the media is flooded with body building equipment, exercise regimes and healthy diets. Tattoos and the general acceptance of them have taken a little longer.

There was a time when only servicemen, mainly sailors, sported tattoos. It was always either a skull and crossbones, piratical or an anchor, naval. A guy with tatts was considered a badass, a thug, a criminal, an unsavoury character. And women with tattoos? Never saw them until about 20 years ago. Today, the reason for looking different by getting a tattoo is blasé. Individuals today get tattoos for lots of various reasons. Commemorative, artistic, rebellious, romantic and a drunken mistake make up most of the reasons to get something inked onto your skin forever.

If you want to maintain some privacy for the project of sculpting your body, then getting a tattoo in an area on your person that is not constantly visible is a good idea. Also, building some muscle and getting fit at home can help you practise the privacy you want. By the way, getting a tattoo is somewhat painful, especially if you select a place that is softer flesh, such as the underside of your arm. It’s better that you are physically fit and well before you go down that path.

Here’s a question. Does a tattoo on your biceps become distorted if you start doing a lot of weights and body building? The answer is no. Even if you put on some serious muscle growth in your arms, the tattoo will have the capacity to grow a couple of inches without being affected. Just another aspect of getting a tattoo – remember that you are getting thousands of needle pricks onto your skin and the tattooed area is like a sore. A bit like when you fall off your skateboard or bike onto a gravel road and get skin abrasions. Don’t forget to allow your skin time to heal from the pounding it has taken. It’s similar to resting your muscles after a heavy, long workout. The key is sensibility!

The Price Of Educating Yourself For An Artistic Career

The Price Of Educating Yourself For An Artistic CareerThe arguments about this are still raging on. But, while many have made their mark in the art world, no matter what their genre or craft, without it, there is still no doubt that education remains a great contributor towards the development of the creative mind.

Giving examples here are quite easy. And if you want to make a case for creative genius without the hindsight or benefit of an advanced degree in whichever art genre comes to mind, you can go ahead and do that too.

Our example, to start things off, comes from the genius of Ludwig von Beethoven.

Online schools offer us a way in

Initially, as a child, lessons were cruelly forced upon the little German boy’s shoulders by his sadistic father who cruelly beat him until, if not the greatest, one of the world’s greatest musicians of all time became completely deaf. Apart from deriving a passion for music, in his own time and how he chose to, this mind boggles how the great Beethoven could produce the works he did without ever being able to hear the music. In the meantime, young and mortal body artists such as us, can go to http://nailtechnicianschools.net/ to learn the fine art of polishing a woman’s (or man’s) nails to the point that it truly becomes a work of art. Heck, there are even online schools for tattoo artists.

The sky’s the limit where education is concerned, particularly where previously art schools in general remained out of reach for most of us, mainly because they were so expensive. They still are today, but a modern equivalent of the artistic genius that Beethoven was could easily get in first through the front door by way of a scholarship.

Where does great inspiration begin?

Apparently, one Adolf Hitler had no talent whatsoever, so Austrian masters would consistently show him the door after the future Fuhrer showed them his portfolios. Some may disapprove of this notion, mainly because of the example we chose here (we have a counter for you, so do not be worried or scared), but essentially this man dared to dream. The fact that he chose to make those dreams a reality in the most banal way is now a matter of history.  But where did Hitler’s inspiration (for art, not hate) come from?

Anyway, artistic dreams are no longer out of reach of the most modest among us. The selfsame Nail Technician Schools we mentioned a moment ago, by way of our example here, also show us what to expect in terms of job prospects and wages, come hell or high water. It seems churlish to acknowledge this, but with all the opportunities and privileges at his disposal, Hitler’s nemesis, Winston Churchill, did not like school at all.

But he made up for his distaste, going on to become a wonderful artist himself. He also immersed himself in literature, in his own time and his own way, and went on to become a literary giant and one of the greatest orators of all time.

Musical Art And Some Of The Legends That Created It

The next time you are sitting quietly and contentedly humming to yourself while applying your mind to your next creative design no matter what it is, something along the lines of graphic design for the ad company you are working for or an awesome new design for a tattoo (now, if you have such designs, why don’t you show them to us, we’d love to see what sort of talent you have as well), think about what you are humming about and why you are humming, apart from the fact that its keeping you focused on your work and you are feeling a great sense of contentment as well.

We have much in common with the musicians

We understand this exercise might not apply to writers, they’re using a different set of mind-focusing skills altogether. But they are listening to music as well. So, if you are a writer reading this, join us in this philosophical thought train, and share some of your own thoughts on how much music is just as much as an art form as the prose you’re putting together on the paper in front of you. As a writer, you’re using similar artistic skills to the songwriter too, aren’t you?

You’re not writing the music for the sheets, but you are piecing together the line for line lyrics. Take a good digital piano any day, don’t think about notes and such, and just tinker with the keys on the keyboard along with your own words and see what happens next. You never know, you might just have a hit in front of you. But take your words to any talented musician, doesn’t matter what instrument he plays, and just watch what happens next.

Boy could he play guitar

We never ever saw one single tattoo on this musical legend’s arms once, mainly because he usually kept them covered most times with trend-setting and gender bending outfits which many an adoring fan went to copy and paste. But one thing about this talented stage performer that did strike us was the face paint he used, particularly during his Aladdin Sane and Thin White Duke impresarios. He never had much of a voice to start off with but ‘boy could he play guitar’. And boy could he write poetry.

One of David Bowie’s earliest songs reminds us of great musical collaborations where one artist would write the words to the song while the other would go on to put together the musical notes. Here, we are thinking about the strained relationship between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. And while they sadly bickered over who was the better Beatle, George Harrison’s guitar gently wept.

Nevertheless, you get our point by now. There can be no question that we have so much in common with the modern musical legends of the previous century. Much like the newest tattoo planted on someone’s arm, the sounds that emanate from the instrument, particularly those that are mastered, are nothing but the mark of the trademark artist.

Take Advantage Of Tech Tools To Be As Artistic As Possible

Take Advantage Of Tech Tools To Be As Artistic As PossibleThese days, the use of tech tools in our artistic endeavors cannot be overemphasized enough. Why do we say this? After all, fine art, as you and we understand it, is not about using computer devices and mechanical tools. Since the beginning of time, it has always been produced delicately with one pair of hands, some creative genius and naturally produced paints, charcoals and ochre.

The end result? A masterpiece. If it wasn’t a masterpiece, it came close and had its admirers. The same went for sculptures, wood-crafted or made from stone or marble. It took similar amounts of creative genius, lots of inspiration, just one or two hand tools, usually a chisel and hammer, and because of the sheer physical effort required, lots of blood, sweat and tears.

Communion with nature

This analogy, particularly the last bit, of what it has always taken to produce magnificent works of art, sounds like it is pockmarked with clichés, doesn’t it. You give it a try then. Tell us what it takes to make a sculpture or put together a drawing, a portrait that someone else would love to hang on his wall. We must also mention that the crafting of wood sculptures requires a lot less physical strain than chiseling your way through giant chunks of rock and perhaps a little more finesse and communion with the natural elements from which the raw materials were sourced.

After all, there’s a lot more life left still in a trunk of wood than a large, dusky boulder. As tattoo artists, we feel nostalgic about these analogies. After all, the genre of tattoo art has similar evolutions since mankind first thought of expressing himself through art. Think of the miniature-like designs on the arms of lithe Hindu women, or the magnificently tattooed Maoris. Watching them utter their traditional war cries or receiving their animated greetings is enough to give us goose bumps.

Tech tools can be used

Now, imagine using a rangefinder, one recommended by Rangefinder Advice, for instance, to create a work of art. Imagine using a drill saw to do the same. Or imagine using computer software to manufacture an intricate piece of art work. So far, some of you may thinking, well, this is just not possible. Think again. Of course it is, and it’s being done over and over again these days.

Click here and take a closer look at what rangefinders and other similar devices are designed to do. Do what creative geniuses of the twenty-first century are already doing and use your creative imagination. Think 3-D and see what you can come up with.

Today, more out of commercial necessity, we don’t think we need to explain too deeply what kind of tools we are using to create and implant tattoos on customers’ arms, legs or elsewhere. Have a look at some earlier posts and clips on some of the designs produced.

Thoughtful and creative ways to utilize tools for art

The tattoo artist has his needles. The two year old toddler has its building blocks. At a much safer and formative age, the six year old child has his wax crayons and coloring in books.

High school students who are more fortunate than their non-school going peers, have the advantage of the art class with all the necessary tools and dedicated teacher that goes along with it.

Now, this teacher is invariably university trained. Not only does she have her requisite teaching diploma to help her educate and influence her scholars, worth her salt, she also has a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from a university specializing in this noble practice.

It takes years of practice

Don’t forget, though, that qualified and professional tattoo artists have also served their apprenticeships in their fine arts genre. The alternative of an unpracticed and unschooled tattoo artist is, quite frankly, too hairy to contemplate. What do we mean by this? For one thing, tattoo artists cannot be expected to learn how to utilize their needles overnight. It takes years of practice to master this ancient craft. These days, there are also health and hygienic considerations to be factored in.

Tattoo art, where models are concerned, is not for the faint of heart. Tailors and seamstresses, all artists in their own right, have the use of a good serger to get their commercial-oriented projects completed on time. But the more dedicated and artistic craftsman of cloth and fabrics is more than satisfied with his custom needles and accompanying cushion. House painters, making an honest living into the bargain, are not always appreciated and often ridiculed for being nothing more than handymen. But those very pretentious mockers have no handy skills of their own.

The tools and trades required

Nevertheless, some of these domestic painters, would you believe, aspire to greatness on the scale of Michelangelo and his painstaking commission at the Sistine Chapel. To that end, painters take the selection of their paints, brushes and even scaffolding very seriously.

Like painters, and because it is commercially essential to do this, tailors and dressmakers rely on websites and other trade post reviews such as http://sergerpro.com/janome-8002d-review/ to make definitive choices and thus utilize their chosen tools in the most enterprising fashion possible.

Many great artists of all trade persuasions, like the high school students alluded to earlier, have all had the privilege of good schools and serving out worthy apprenticeships.

But also spare some thought for those humble artists, soiling your sidewalks with their chalks. Apart from wanting to grab your attention and collect some of your loose change, they are also vying for a space in the art world.

Thanks to benefactors and patrons, artists of all persuasions have been able to continue with their work, doing what they love most while simultaneously brightening the lives of others in more ways than one.

Good body art comes from within

Good body art comes from withinThere’s a lot to be said for great body art, particularly by those of you who, like us, are quite fanatical about the genre of tattoo art. Why do we say this?

Well, good art has to be exquisite. It has to be indicative of a truly visual display of one man or woman putting his entire body, let’s just say, on the line, bearing his or her heart and soul to the world out there on his or her response to thoughts or feelings on a certain theme or event in the world.

While adults are guilty of mindless doodles, the stick-like presentations by toddlers and most other children under the age of ten, is also a manifestation of great works of art.

An interesting angle to consider

Tattoo (body) art, on the other hand, is only as good as the skilled manipulator and his patient model. Because the practice requires delicate skills and undoubtedly a lot of experience, the practice of tattooing needs to be carried out with great care.

There are even health and trade laws, would you believe, in some countries, governing how tattooists should carry out their artwork and business. But, here’s an interesting angle to consider. A magnificent work of body art cannot rely entirely on the skills and creativity of the tattoo artist alone.

The presentation and proportion of the model’s limbs are important as well. At this juncture, let’s just remember that home crafting, in the sense of creating great bodily works of art, extends directly to the model who can read more here on how to enhance his or her muscular tone and linear proportions.

Of course, if the model is well and truly serious about becoming a living, breathing and walking work of art, he or she can sign up with any nearby (but reputable) gym, or enroll the services of a qualified personal trainer.

Great art requires huge risks

Let it be said, ask any famous tattoo artist, that such dedication wins awards. So, to follow through on this post’s theme, let’s just reiterate that marvelous body art, an effective and enticing collaboration between tattoo artist and beautiful model, comes from within.

It bares the heart and soul of both model and artist, without any inhibition and at great risk to both on more fronts than one. Now, why would such dedication be indicative of taking risks?

Simply put, all masterful art requires this. It’s no holds barred approach helps get the message across. The alternative to this, a reserved and cautious approach, invariably does not warrant anyone’s attention or pique the curious minds of others, an innate characteristic of the human condition.

Another fallible condition tells us that human beings cannot help being sociable. So, when the tattoo artist and his well-crafted model put on a resplendent and somewhat unique display, it could very well – as the online cliché goes these days – start a conversation.

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