Tattoos are an art form. Tattooists, (or Tattooers) study and practice daily to be the best. Even Though you may think that their job is incredible (which it is), it can sometimes get a little monotonous since many people wants a simple and discreet tattoo, with a personal meaning. But this is their luck day. These 50 people went to their studios and asked for these incredible, amazing tattoos that will leave you breathless and thinking which one is your next one. You can take professional looking photos using stuff you have at home. Take a look at these tricks. These people really know how to become a human canvas. Amazing!
DEATH IS WATCHING YOUR BACK
Tattoos are very popular in the whole world, but in some places they are seen with no so kind eyes. In Japan, for example, they are connected to a past of organized crime and punitive tattoos, so they are forbidden in some places like public pools or hot springs, even for tourists. Tattoos must be done by a licensed doctor.
The word Tattoo comes from the polynesian Tatau, that means “Write” and it goes all the way back to the 18th century. Before that, they referred to tattoos as “Paintings”. The polynesian used this art to identify themselves, and every tattoo had a meaning related to the person humor or disposition. A lot like today.
THE FOOTPRINT OF THE BEAST.
Samuel O’Reilly was the one who invented the tattoo machine, patented officially in 1891. It was based on an electric pen that Thomas Edison created to make stencils to make copies easier. The electric pen was a failure for Edison, but the tattooing machine was a worldwide hit.
O’Reilly’s first machine worked using a hollow needle with permanent ink. An electric motor was the one in charge of powering the needle in and out in a rate of up to 50 punctures per second. Today’s machines are now capable of giving up to 150 punctures per second.
You may think that tattoos are a modern trend, but you may be surprised to know that famous personalities, like american presidents Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson and James Polk had tattoos. In the case of Roosevelt it was his family crest in the chest.
But of course those were rare cases. Now, it’s seen as something more than normal. And nearly half the american adults, ages 26 to 40 have at least one tattoo. That means something like 45 million people.
This means that the tattooing industry is a big one. It raises almost two billion dollars only in the United States, per year. That number can be reached if every single person in America gives 6 dollars.
Sailor Tattoos have a special meaning. For example, a dragon means that the person went to China. A turtle, that this person has crossed the Equator. Some sailors even have pigs tattooed on their feet to avoid drowning. Pigs can’t swim well but they were transported in boxes that usually float so they used to be commonly saved from shipwrecks.
Otzi is a mummy found in the border of Austria and Italy and it’s the most ancient natural mommy of a human. Otzi lived more that 5000 years ago. When the scientist studied him, they found more than fifty tattoos all over his body. They were made by puncturing the skin and painting it with charcoal.
The Roman Emperor Theophilus punished to religious men that criticized him by tattooing eleven lines of obscenities on their foreheads.
This was a common thing, to punish people with tattoos. It was used as a mark of identification made to slaves and criminals. A common one was writing “Stop me, i’m a runaway” in the forehead.
FLESH AND BONE
The oldest tattoo ink recipe known is egyptian, and it consisted in pine bark, corroded bronze, vinegar, vitriol, leek juice and insect eggs.
And in case people wanted to erase their criminal past, there was also a recipe for tattoo removal, that included rare things like wine, garlic or even pigeon feces. We don’t know if it worked but is unlikely.
Tattoos made by early Samoans took weeks to be completed. They would go on and on until they cry of pain. The tattooed was most likely to be infected or even die.
Queen Kamalau of Hawaii was the first person ever in getting a tongue tattoo (and one of the few). She did this in the early twentieth century, according to the historians, because the pain caused by her mother’s death was unbearable.
The first tattooed woman in the United States that there’s records of is Olive Oatman. She was kidnapped by indians that killed her entire family and turned into a slave. She had tattoos on her face that made her famous when she was released.
Betty Broadbent was the first woman getting a full body tattoo. By 1927, Betty had more than three hundred and fifty tattoos all over her bodies, in a time tattoos were a sign of gang members and criminals. She made a living out of them, travelling the world with a circus and then becoming a tattooist.
When the Lindbergh baby was kidnapped, keeping the United States in vile during 1932, many worried parents went to see tattooists to get their kids tattooed with their information.
Due to the Hepatitis B tattoos were forbidden in New York from 1961 to 1997. And in Oklahoma it was illegal to get a tattoo until 2006.
Allready 32 percent of tattooed people claims to be an ink addict. 17 percent of tattooed people regrets having a tattoo and 11 percent had or will have one removed.
A PIECE OF ART
Food and Drug Administration of the United States does not approve or regulate any form of Tattoo Ink. Surprisingly, most tattoo inks are made of metal salts and not of actual dye.
Tattoos are a big thing in prisons, and inmates make tattooing machines out of what they can find. For example, the engine of a CD player and a pen. The “ink” used in this tattoos is often the plastic of the boot heels melted, sometimes mixed with urine and blood.
Lucky Diamond Rich is widely known as the most tattooed man in the world. His tattoos were made by more than 136 artists from around the world and his skin is so covered he gets tattoos over the previous ones.
Robbie Coch is the artist that gave more tattoos in 24hs. He tattooed more than 550 times in only one day. The record was previously held by Kat Von D, the famous tattoo artist from the TV Show LA Ink.
The average cost for a small tattoo in the United States is 40 dollars, and 150 per hour for a big one. Scott Campbell, the richest tattoo artist in the world, charges more than 1000 dollars the first hour and 200 the succeeding.
OUT OF A NIGHTMARE
The longest recorded tattoo session by a team was in 2016 in Italy. Two artist tattooed for fifty two hours and fifty six minutes.
A Girl from Belgium had 56 stars tattooed all over her face. She said she woke up in a horror when she found out the artist haven’t understand her, but then she came clean by admitting that it was her plan in the first place, but her father was so furious she lied.
The same artist that tattooed this belgian girl made himself famous after tattooing his own name in huge letters in his girlfriend’s face a few hours after they met for the first time.
An american mom sold her forehead in 2005 for publicity and got the name of an online casino tattooed across it, being the first person to become a pop-up human ad. They paid her 10 thousand dollars.
A former soldier has the names of all the soldiers killed in Afghanistan war tattooed in his body as a sign of respect. He is a living memorial and have tattoos done in his back, his legs and his chest.
The trend of tattooing angels is not new: They found a mummy that is most than one thousand and three hundred years old in egypt that has a tattoo of the Archangel Michael in her inner thigh.
Actually, more tattooed egyptian mummies are women. They believe that tattoos were a symbol of high status and belonged to the royal concubines. One of the mummies found even belonged to a powerful priestess.
The Maori culture used to see faces tattoos as a symbol of high status, since they considered the head as the most important part of the human body.
Nora Hildebrandt was the first woman to use her tattoos professionally. She was famous all over America and she used to say that indians had forced she and her father to get tattoos.
But the real story was that her father was the first professional tattoo artist in the United States. He travelled from Germany bringing his art, and used his daughter as a canvas to practice.
When social security numbers came out in United States, people began to tattoo their numbers in parts of their body. In 1995, the Defense Minister encouraged people to get their blood type tattooed in case of an attack
In 1998, Mattel released a model of the Barbie Doll that had a tattoo on her belly, called “Butterfly Art Barbie”. They had to retire from the market after several parents complained.
n 2011, they released an edgy doll with pink hair ah the upper body full of tattoos. Parents also complained and they had to retire it as well.
A brothel in Germany offers free service to clients that accept having the place’s logo tattooed. More than 50 men agreed, and they have now free entry for life.
A pizza truck celebrated its second anniversary by giving free food for life to all who accepted being tattooed by an artist they hired. The tattoos went from 6 dollars to 80 dollars and they assured a daily dose of one pizza slice or an 8 dollar discount on a whole pizza. More than 25 people accepted the challenge.
There’s a lot of artists and organizations all over the world that offers free nipple tattoo to women who had theirs taken away because of cancer.
We already said that there’s a big percentage of tattooed people that wants or did get them removed by laser. But how does it works? Laser breaks the pigments and let them be discarded by the immune system.
Since black pigments absorb all the laser beams, it’s the easiest color to be removed. Other colors are treated with specific lasers, and removal can last several sessions. Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein
Tribal motives are the most requested design, both in women and men. Followed by little stars in women and angels in both.
The word tattoo is one of the most misspelled words in the english language, very often written “Tatto” or “Tatoo”
The most popular places for tattoos are, in order of popularity: Lower Back, Wrist, Foot, Ankle, Armband, Back-piece, arm, chest, breast and neck. When a Spartan boy was born, he was immediately inspected by the so-called council of elders from the tribe for any physical deformities.
Tattooing was introduced at Auschwitz in the autumn of 1941 and at Birkenau the next March. These two camps were the only two camps to tattoo prisoners. Prisoners were tattooed on the chest and, more commonly, on the arms. Only those fit to work were tattooed.
While Popeye and Betty Boop were popular in the early 20th century among sailors, a popular image in the military is now the cartoon character the Tasmanian Devil, or Taz. Other popular tattoos include Batman, Winnie the Pooh characters, and more adult images of artists R. Crump and Coop.
Copying someone’s tattoo custom design is considered unethical in the body art world. Some tattoo artists won’t even duplicate a mummy’s tattoos because they say the tattoo belongs to the person who wore it. An exception to the taboo is children and grandchildren reproducing tattoos of parents and grandparents so that the tattoo will “live on.”
The tattoo models that are displayed at the tattoo shops are commonly known as “Flash”. You can choose getting one from the Flash Catalog or getting one personalized. Choosing a tattoo from flash is similar to buying clothing “off the rack.” However, a good tattoo artist can alter the design to make it more personal.