The Future Of Tattoos

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The Past, Present, and Future of American Traditional Tattoos A robust, youthful gentleman waves a stoic goodbye to his lover as he embarks on the USS Midway navy ship. Attired in snowy sailor clothes, a pin-up tattoo peeks out of his sleeve as the cobalt, crisp ocean waves slap against the ship’s flanks. This is the origin of the American Traditional pin-up tattoo, an illustration depicting a flirtatious woman with bright red lips often found wearing flimsy lingerie. The pin-up tattoo is the most noticeable subgenera of the American Traditional style, sporting bold basic colors and a thick black outline. For sailors who would be on the sea for months at a time, pin-up tattoos would provide a quiet consolation of the women they had left behind …show more content…
Also known as a rotary machine, it was a modern take on Thomas Alva Edison’s electric pen. Siphoning ink through a conduit, Samuel O’Reilly’s invention revolutionized the precision of tattooing. However, it is imperative to be aware that tattoo culture has been present in human civilization for an innumerable amount of years. To get a better idea, in 1991, European scientists discovered a 5,000 year old icebound corpse covered in over fifty tattoos. The origins and incentives for tattoos are idiosyncratic to its wearer. In ancient parts of India, henna tattoos, known for its floral flair and hazelnut-pigment, were a symbol of religious faith. In primeval China, tattooing was considered a ‘barbaric’ act and were used to depict bandits in folk stories. During the Holocaust, the Nazis heinously tattooed/branded numbers into the skin of their prisoners. The motives for inking are widespread and exclusive to its canvasses. Take, for example, Captain James Cook’s …show more content…
Now, laser technology has advanced to where the treatments are more comfortable and safe, and the results are more predictable” (Holland 2).
In the 90’s, there was a craze for glow-in-the-dark tattoos and that technology has been growing ever since. “It 's possible, for instance, to use ferromagnetic ink in tattoos, ink that responds to electromagnetic fields” (Estes 2) and “So it 's entirely possible in the 21st-century to get a tattoo made of vegetables that glows and can be removed almost painlessly. Progress!” (Estes 3). In the past, tattoo artists strictly used pre-made stencils. Now, there are TV shows such as Ink Master that have popularized the idea that tattoo artists can now sketch their own designs and apply them to stencil paper. The technology behind tattooing is blooming and the mindset is changing as well. An industry once unique to ‘rebels’ is now adored by a diverse population of highly-educated lawyers to high school dropouts. The present existence of tattooing is only beginning, and its dangerous, yet alluring nature will ensure its place in the future. But as for now, it can be concluded that: “Tattooing is recognized by government agencies as both an art form and a profession and tattoo-related artwork is the subject of museum, gallery and educational institution art shows across the

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