Kinds of Tattoos
Detailing different types and styles of tattooing.
Getting an armband tattoo is one of the most popular forms of skin art today.
Black Light Tattoos
As much as tattoo hipsters clamor for things like black light tattoos, the results can be uneven from person to person. Those who try this emerging tattoo variation might find the future's not as bright as they hoped.
One tattoo style that goes in and out of fashion is the "break-thru" tattoo. With these designs, the illusion is of breaking the skin to reveal something else below.
Rooted firmly in spiritual practices and imagery, the practice of Buddhist tattooing has been going on for thousands of years. Now, with tougher economic times and shifting political climates, this tradition is seeing a bit of a resurgence.
Cultural Sensitivity and Tattooing
Amidst opposing arguments that tattooing in Thailand brings in a steady stream of tourist-based income and that the practice is demeaning to a culture that tattoos for religious reasons, maybe it's time that Westerners realize that tattooing isn't just a fad or fashion.
The shape and movement of the elbow makes for interesting options when thinking about tattoos to go on that part of the arm.
One body location that is increasingly popular for getting a tattoo is the feet. However, getting a foot tattoo is not as easy as you might think.
Having a tattoo on your lower arm, or even covering the entire forearm from elbow to wrist has gotten more popular right along with tattoo in general. If you'd like to be able to see your own ink, having a forearm tattoo might be just the thing.
Getting tattooed on the hands is growing in popularity despite still carrying a lot of stigma in Western society.
Hand Tattoos 2
Hand tattoos were often found in tribal cultures that did tattooing but are heavily frowned upon in Western tattoo culture.
Like other Polynesian cultures, the natives of Hawaii practiced the art of tattooing. Traditional and modern designs can be found side-by-side in Hawaiian tattooing today.
Hawaiian Tattoos [offsite link]
Hawaiian tattoos were a tribal tradition that is making a comeback on the islands. The geometric and petroglyph-derived designs are popular with locals and tourists alike.
Ideas for Tattoos [offsite link]
I believe if you think carefully about what you are really commemorating and think about yourself as a person, you can successfully pick a tattoo design that you can live with happily the rest of your life.
Initials and Monogram Tattoos
One way to honor loved ones or family members in tattooing is with a design that is made from people's initials. This is much more discrete and flexible than a full name or much less complicated than doing a portrait.
One of the more popular tattoo fads right now are knuckle tattoos. What do you want to say in only eight letters?
Malia's Balance Tattoo
When Rae got her new wrist tattoo in December 2008, she wasn´t alone. Here´s the story of Malia and how she decided to get a tattoo of the word "balance" in Sanskrit.
Tattooing is often used as a remembrance, and has been popular amongst those who honor the fallen from Sept 11, 2001. Firefighters especially have used tattooing as a expression of memorial.
Rae's Elemental Rune Tattoos
Have you ever wanted to memorialize some travel with a tattoo? Here´s how Rae, BellaOnline´s own body art editor, commemorated her recent trip to Hawaii.
One common inspiration for a tattoo is a person who is admired. But before you run out and get that portrait tattoo, there are a few things you should consider first.
Temporary Tattoos Explained
What is the difference between ´tattooing´ and ´temporary tattooing´ for those who would like to test the waters and how long you can expect your new exploration to last.
If a design is trademarked, what does that mean if you want to get it tattooed on you?
Tribal Tattoo History
Traditional tribal tattooing was worn by peoples all along the Pacific Rim and throughout Southeast Asia. The designs were almost always monochrome, and executed by hand tattooing methods.
Tribal Tattoo Meanings
A lot of people are curious about tribal tattoo meanings however that´s not actually something that exists when it comes to modern tribal-style tattooing. For a tribal tattoo to have meaning you need a specific tribe and a cultural context.
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