Saturday, December 4, 2010

American Eagle Tattoo

As all tattoos carry along with it a story, many people love to show their pride in their country by carrying on them a patriotic tattoo. The most common thing that you could consider is having your countries flag, or perhaps an outline of your home state or province tattooed - any design of this nature will make an excellent patriotic tattoo. Many people that get this kind of tattoo may even add some wording to the tattoo, like having your hometown displayed with your home state / province. You could even have the state or provinces' name or symbol tattooed along with the actual design as well.
In the USA, some of the most common designs include an eagle clutching the countries flag in its claws. The letters "U.S.A" or even the words "United Stated of America" will make a nice addition to any patriotic tattoo.
If you want a truly unique design, you may opt to have the patriotic design incorporated into symbols representing something more personal to you. A good example of this would be someone that is interested in world peace may get a peace emblem tattooed coloured in as the American flag.  Or you may have a cross tattooed that has the country flag draped around it - this could be to represent your religious views or maybe even a memorial to fallen heroes in forgotten battles.
Another popular patriotic tattoo idea is waving your countries flag behind the main object. This works especially well behind a sexy young girl or even an eagle. The possibilities are endless. You must remember, the main idea is to incorporate the countries flag into the design.
A lot of people may prefer having a well known land mark or icon of certain areas of the country. For example, if you were born and bread in NY, then the Statue of Liberty or Liberty bell may make a nice addition to your tattoo. Other ideas to consider may be memorials along with a date the event took place, the twin towers makes a good one.
So where do you find the perfect patriotic tattoo? You could always pop into your local tattoo studio, and pick one of the many ready-made designs. This approach has two problems: One, the design that you choose is by no means unique. And two, you always feel kind of rushed making a decision while in the parlor. So the solution? Get access to a specialised patriotic tattoo gallery. There you will have access to thousands of award-winning patriotic tattoo ideas that your can browse at your own pace. Once that perfect design has been found, print it onto some tattoo paper, and drop by your local tattoo parlor.

Tattoos in America

Let's keep in mind that not all societies adopt tattoos as means of personal and communal expressions. In many cultures -especially illiterate societies-tattoos carry the visual symbols, icons, and signals of collective consciousness and memories they wish to preserve.
In the USA, given their popularity today, we can see that tattoos are a continuation of the earlier generations' symbols of rebellion, of being different, of presenting a contrarian attitude, of the nonconformist. In place of long hair we now have long nails, body piercing, and tattoos. Yet no one can discern a cause for that rebellion other than the deep desire to be individualistic.
Is it a fad? Given that the fad is lasting longer than a decade, we can say perhaps it is more than a fad; may be a much longer wave. Young people imitate stars, celebrities, and other famous achievers. In soccer we see a veteran player like David Beckham sport very visible tattoos on his neck; following Beckham's example, the young striker Natasha Kai isn't shy about displaying her countless tattoos. In boxing, tattoos are almost mandatory -perhaps as weapons of intimidation-since most boxers wear them. The fiercer the tattoo the fiercer the appearance of the boxer: just take a close look at Mike Tyson's face.

Significance of Arm Tattoos

Arm tattoos always have carried a wealth of meaning with them over the years. For example, a tattoo in the forearm of a woman in Borneo indicated her skill that was capable of uplifting her demand in marriage.
Tattoos encircling the wrist and the fingers had spiritual significance attached to it with the people believing it to be capable of driving away illness. It was seen as a sign of criminality in the East. The triads of Hong Kong pictured a black dragon on the left bicep and a white tiger on the right.
In many countries, the arm tattoos still carry a negative image. It is said that the majority of prisoners in the USA have at least one tattoo design on them. But today with the tattoo artists mixing the designs of the East with the West, they are seen as fashionable.

Expressing Yourself With Tattoos

Have you noticed that there are a lot of people that have Tattoos these days? In the past you may have only seen tattoos on people such as sailors, outlaws, and biker gangs but now tattoos are a very popular body decoration for many people. The types and styles of tattoos has also come a very long way. It is no longer crude pictures of pinup girls, skulls, and anchors. Tattoos have developed into very sophisticated art work ranging from Celtic crosses to very personalized symbols. People have found and created designs that express themselves in a very personal way.

What is a Tattoo?

Very simply a tattoo is a puncture wound made in the skin that is filled with ink. Although done differently today than in the past the technique is still somewhat similar. Today, tattoo artist use a tattoo gun that has one or more needles that penetrate the skin and delivery ink into the skin. Tattoos last a very long time due to the fact that the ink is placed deeply into the skin. The top layer of skins is called the epidermis and it is constantly shedding and being reproduced. If the ink from a tattoo was in this layer of skin it would not last very long. The layer of skin that the ink is injected to is called the dermis, which is a deeper layer of skin that is very stable and makes the tattoo stay visible almost permanently.
Tattoos in the past were done manually with a tool that they tapped on the skin to make the puncture wound and then the ink would be injected by hand. Most tattoo shops today have tattoo guns or machines to do this today, although you can still find areas around the world that still use the older style of tattooing. The tattoo guns make tattooing much more quickly today because the machine is able to deliver the ink into the skin as it is puncturing the skin. The tattoo artist can change the tip of the machine to contain one needle or group of needles depending on if they are drawing the outline of the design or shading part of the design. Most tattoo artist today are very skilled and know just how far to drive the needle into the skin to produce a good tattoo. Not going deep enough can result in ragged tattoo and going to deep can result in excessive bleeding, not to mention the pain would be much worse.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tiger tattoo design

tiger tattoo designs on the arm
Another brilliant tiger tattoo work from Andy Shou. There is never any vivid colors in Andy's tattoos but the tattoos themselves are so vivid. Amazing techniques!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Arm armor tattoo design

armor tattoo design on the upper arm
This tattoo piece shows a very cool idea - it got a renaissance style armor inked on the arm. Some people want to have tattoo to give them protection spiritually - this one serves this purpose.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Python tattoo design

python tattoo design on the arm
A giant python tattoo design. In Chinese legend, a large python has the ability to transform to a dragon and fly on the sky - this is why there is some cloud in this free tattoo design.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Photo tattoo design

portrait of the daughter inked on his arm
This free tattoo design is interesting - it tries to copy a photo (maybe of this guy's daughter) on his arm. Totally cool.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Angel tattoo

a muscular angel tattoo on the back
This free tattoo shows an unusually muscular angel, which is not common since angel is considered as sexless.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Phoenix tattoo design

phoenix tattoo design on the armA beautiful free phoenix tattoo design on the arm. It is actually hard to see as a Phoenix, but the typical feathers show what this really is.