Tattoos have been around for thousands of years. Tattooing has been practice since the stone age, given mummified evidence. So the question lingers, what is the significance of tattoos and what is the traditional practices that comes with this form of art? History gives us a little inside look.
History Behind Tattoos
The earliest evidence of tattoo art comes in the form of clay figurines that had their faces painted or engraved to represent tattoo marks. The oldest figures of this kind have been recovered from tombs in Japan dating to 5000 BCE or older. The History behind tattoos has several different meanings. During the 5th century, ancient Greeks and Romans used tattoos as a way to penalize slaves, criminals, and prisoners of war. However, the Egyptians believed that tattoos provided a way for medical protection and that tattoos brought them closer to their favorite god or goddess. They use placement as a form of sacrifice. Another ancient culture that employed primitive tattoos was the Scythian Pazryk, native to the Altai Mountains of central Asia. Scythian men and women have both been found with tattoos in the designs of mythical animals.
Today tattoos serve a more secular way of expression. We have long passed the time when tattoos have been looked down on. Even professional workplaces do not discriminate against tattoos. Tattoos have always served a purpose and today that purpose is solely for self expression, individualism and cultural significance. Tattooing existed for thousands of years before any of us were born and it will doubtlessly continue to exist for thousands of years after we’re gone. In this way, we can see that when we choose to tattoo ourselves, we are taking part in an exclusively human form of art that has spanned countless generations.
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