We at Tattoo-Blast think that one of the greatest things about tats is that they each have their very own significance. It is no surprise that more men have armbands and more women have little flowers on their ankles or backs. Part of this is due to our current popular culture, but the roots of it go much deeper into an original tattoo meanings.
Thousands and thousands of years ago, people were already putting permanent art onto their bodies in the way that we do it nowadays. Of course, the work was not done with an electric gun in those days, but the effect was the same even though the process was vastly different and undoubtedly much more painful. If we investigate the ancient tribal tattoo meanings of various world cultures, we get a much better idea of what our current trends in body art are.
For example, in warrior societies, the men had various signs branded on them to show everyone what their status was. The reason that this form was used was because it was indelible and could not be lost. Men who had killed for the first time got a specific mark to show their status in their warrior society. As for women in ancient history, tattoo design and meanings also held significance in their world.
You can find information on our website about how, in many societies, a woman was given a certain mark when she came of age. This was a signal to the men of the tribe that she was available. Again, this type of mark was used because the mark is permanent and can not be taken off like a piece of jewellery. Once the woman was chosen by a man and they became partners of some sort, the image was added to in order to take on a new tattoo meanings-namely, that she is 'married,' i.e. no longer available.
In history closer to our own time, slaves and prisoners were marked in ancient Roman societies for the same reason as the ancient cultures had done it. This form of body art (or in this case-marking) is permanent. If a slave or a prisoner escaped, they could always be identified by the marking that had been made on their body.
All of this history is only the beginning of the vast amount of information that has been assembled about the history of tattoo design and meanings in various world cultures. Tattoo-Blast is happy to bring you a sample of this information on our website, www.tattoo-blast.com. What you do not find on our website can be found by using the many links on our website. You can also take advantage of our incredible eBook deal when you visit our website.
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