Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tattoos - An Art As Old As Man


Are you one of those who think that tattoos are just a passenger fashion? If so, you are wrong. The tattoo art is as ancient as the human race. Even a mummy of the Neolithic period with 57 tattoos in his back has been found! Surprised? Polynesia was the first region in the world to practice the art of tattooing, as well as the pioneer in using it as something purely aesthetic.

For centuries, various cultures have used tattoos in many different ways: some of them considered it an art, as Japan; other used them as a way of social stigma, as the ancient Rome and Greece; others as a symbol of maturity, as North America; and even there were some cultures that have attributed supernatural powers to them, as Egypt. Over the years its function has changed and today, the tattoos are used exclusively as a body ornament. The techniques have been refined to the point of turning it into an art-form. Now the tattoo artists have become masters of drawing and they design beautiful images with the skin as canvas. The tattoos have become a real boom!

The tattoos have been gradually integrated into society and today they are standardized among all social sectors. Increasingly there are more tattooed bodies around the world. So it is not strange that every year various tattoo conventions are held across the globe, such as the "Berlin International Tattoo Convention", one of the largest in the world (celebrated since 1991). There participate the best tattoo artists of the world. In fact, Berlin is considered one of the tattoo cradles in Europe.

To many people to get tattoo represent a way of worshipping the body; on the other hand, to others they represent a form of expression and a way of life. The tattoos show off many own styles. They tell people that they belong to a code, a tribe or a group.

Today there is a regulation to which all the tattoo studios must adhere: single-use instruments (syringes and needles); they should be unsealed in the presence of the user; they should be perfectly sterilized; obligatory vaccination of staff against hepatitis B, tetanus and diphtheria; they will have to certify the completion of a training course on hygiene and health of 30 hours amongst other things.

Tattos are setting trends! Travel to the German capital and discover why. Rent the best Berlin Apartments and enjoy a pleasant stay in the city.

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