Tattoos have been used for centuries, to signify different and honorable status in various native tribes from all over the world. Famous people who have sported tattoos are Cleopatra, Thomas Edison, Kurt Cobain and Queen Victoria. However, inked skin somehow managed to lose social acceptability in America beginning in the late 1940’s.
After WWII, they were viewed by society more as marks of rebellion than of honor and were frowned upon as belonging to the lower classes. However, today, views regarding tattoos have changed toward more positive representations in the media, in the fashion world and in
contemporary mainstream society.
Decades ago, George Burchett developed a type of permanent cosmetic tattoos. The technique involved an unnatural-looking permanent embellishment of the lips and eyelids and was, at times, used to replace eyebrows that had been shaved off or lost to chemotherapy or advancing age. The application, at that time, was painful and frequently lead to complications such as infections or worse. However, today’s tattoos are quite different. Permanent cosmetics are applied using a soothing anesthetic and professional machines that are much gentler.
The early look of permanent cosmetics was dark and harsh. Much pain was endured during their application. Sometimes, harmful chemical inks were used and were applied with large needles. Contemporary procedures result in safer, much more natural looking facial enhancements . The machines used now days are are equipped with less-painful, fine needles and the skin is numbed before the procedure begins.
In addition to permanent cosmetic tattoo applications, fine art tattoos have become very popular, especially with the under-40 demographic. Fine art tattoo artists have quickly become legends among tattoo fans. There are a number of fine art tattoo galleries and museums across America, and huge traveling exhibits that are well-attended.
The contemporary inks are much safer than the harsh, toxic used in past decades. Additionally, original art is being used more often and is applied by hand, in most cases, leaving a more professional appearance. However, the cost of tattoos has soared over prices offered in decades past. The tattoo enthusiast today is lucky to walk away with even the smallest tattoo for under $100.
There are unlimited designs available as options for the modern tattoo wearer and they are applied virtually anywhere on a body, including inside the wrists, on genitals, or on the back of a shaved head. Subjects for tattoos can be just about anything, including text, any type of personal or religious symbol, animals, portraits of one’s favorite actor or rock star and a plethora of other possibilities.
Tattoo ink is darkest when first applied. At times, redness or swelling can follow for a few days up to a week. However, as the tattoo heals, the colors will slightly fade. Most tattoos will stay on a person’s body permanently or until removed with professional laser treatment.
Those who are considering getting a tattoo should seriously consider their options and choose designs the the permanence aspects in mind.