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January 3rd: Tattoos – Art or Desecration?

on January 3, 2012

Tattoos.
Some love them. Some hate them. Some honestly don’t care as long as it’s not a needle in their skin.

Personally, I love tattoos. So please forgive me if you find this post a little biased, and don’t hesitate to send me YOUR views on it.

Tattoos, to me, are a form of self expression. It’s having enough passion for a picture or word that you will take it to the grave, quite literally.

I have seven of them, and each of them has a special meaning or memory behind it, so I wouldn’t change them for the world.
My mother is also tattooed, as is my sister, my best friend, a fair few of my relatives and even more friends.

Tattoo’s aren’t what make a person. They decorate the persons skin, but it does not change who they are inside. And just because a person has a tattoo or two, it doesn’t automatically make them “tough”, or “gangsta” or even “hard-core”.

But to step over to the other side, I can see where people draw their conclusion about tattoos being “desecration” of a persons body.

My Grandfather has a running joke with my mother and I – “A person can go out with you for a week and never see the same picture twice!”
My Nan, even though she tells him to get over it, I believe thinks along the same lines.

My grandparents are well into their middle years so I can see how to them it is a waste of time, money and body space.

“In 1991, a five thousand year old tattooed man, ‘ötzi the ice man,’ made the headlines of newspapers all over the world when his frozen body was discovered on a mountain between Austria and Italy.
The skin bears 57 tattoos: a cross on the inside of the left knee, six straight lines 15 centimeters long above the kidneys and numerous parallel lines on the ankles.
The position of the tattoo marks suggests that they were probably applied for therapeutic reasons (treatment of arthritis).”
(http://www.designboom.com/history/tattoo_history.html)

The statement above speculates that tattooing was apparent 5000 years ago or so – so it is by no means a recent development. however, the last ten years have seen a massive increase in the amounts of people getting tattooed, of both genders.

Perhaps the perception of tattoos is best defined by the next paragraph:

“For a long time, tattooing was the preserve of sailors and… criminals!
In prison, the tattoo – professionally done and homemade- indelibly imprint on their bodies what these men desire in their souls: autonomy and identity.
The ultimate symbol for gang members are their gang tattoos, getting a permanent mark is a sign of showing total commitment to the gang. These tattoos can reveal lots of things, like, who you are/what gang you’re in/ what your beliefs are (racist etc..), what you have done, where you have been, how many years you have been in jail (also referred to as ‘dead time’) and even things like how many you have killed.
Known symbols include teardrops under the eye as well as spider webs on the elbows to symbolize people killed.
(http://www.designboom.com/history/tattoo_history.html)

I believe in my grandparents time, tattoos were a sign of evil things -and perhaps this is why they have carried forward into their lives today.

However, the time of the view that tattoos are only for the gangsters and the “dregs” of society has long passed. They are now a symbol for many things, not just gangs and murders.

What are your views on tattoos? Are they art? Or are they desecration to the body?
I would love as many opinions on this as possible!

KuppyKake

My Kuppy Kake - ink by V. May, NSW. 2011

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10 responses to “January 3rd: Tattoos – Art or Desecration?

  1. I agree with you Kloi, my one and only tattoo is a cross with my childrens name around it. I believe that they are a form of expression the same way cloths and make-up are.

  2. Judith says:

    I love tattoos as you would have noticed from my pictures, I have just started work on my 10th tattoo and more then likely will get more.

  3. Briony says:

    Some things are a desecration of the body. Things that are meaningless, or only there because it’s “cool”.

    • Kloi-Jayd says:

      I agree with you to a degree, B. I don’t agree with profanity being tattooed over the body, and I dont agree with pictures that are openly pornographic or violent in nature. However, I am aware I cant judge as some people my say one or more of my tattoos isn’t important enough to have tattooed, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t to me, so how can I know what the persons reasonings were for getting the ones I dont like?
      xo

  4. Personally l don’t think l would get a tattoo, but l do love looking at them, and have always loved flicking through Rick’s tattoo magazines… It’s an art, and there are some amazing tattooists out there. It’s your body so you should be able to do what you want.. I don’t think anyone has a right to judge someone who has a tattoo as it’s not their body, if you don’t like them, don’t look… I think each tattoo should have a meaning, rather than just tattooing your body for the sake of it… I also think that it’s nice seeing tattoos on people but sometimes there are occasions when they shouldn’t be seen (career options) and therefore people should be aware of where they get them, but that is my personal opinion..

    • Kloi-Jayd says:

      Hi Chelle!
      I agree with you in that a tattoo just for the sake of a tattoo should be discouraged. But by the same token, if someone loves a picture enough to get it permanently, well, who am I to say no?
      All my tattoos have been conscientiously placed where I can hide them, particularly for, as you have said, career opportunities. Mine are on my feet, so can be covered with shoes; and my upper and lower back, so they can be covered with clothes. I would love to get one on my forearm inside, but am aware that they are limiting for a woman trying to achieve a corporate job.
      Thanks for your comment Chelle, I hope you keep reading xo

  5. Angbrennil says:

    My tattoo’s are the stained glass windows to my soul. I have a few and all but 1 are my own design. They represent my life and those I love.

    • Kloi-Jayd says:

      Hi Babes!
      I love all my tattoos, some have been designed for me, and some were just google-loves. but every one has a special meaning or story behind it, which i am always happy to share, if asked for. permanent representation is something not to be taken too lightly!

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