Tattoos!! An Upcoming Fashion Trend

Tattoo making is one of the hottest trends this summer. Who doesn’t wish to stand out from the crowd, with that one enchanting tattoo? There is a freedom of self-expression in tattooing like no other form of art. The word itself originates from the 18th century Polynesian word ‘tatau’ which means ‘to write on skin’.

The popularity of tattoos has increased manifold over the years. Scope for innovation is widening as customers and tattoo artists come up with creative tattoo ideas.

The art of tattoo making is further divided into sub-styles such as hand-lettering, simple drawings etc. An artist could specialize in writing text, making portraits etc.

People commonly request for the initials of a loved or a special symbol having personal value. Another favorite among tattoo enthusiasts is the imprinting of a philosophical quote, an ideology they like. A recent trend is the Dreamcatcher tattoo which is quite popular among the spiritual circles of Delhi. The Dreamcatcher is a symbol for warding off evil spirits and bad dreams. Another source of inspiration for tattoos is sports and movie icons such as David Beckham, Priyanka Chopra etc. Tattoos in foreign languages (Mandarin, Spanish etc.) have always been a fad in India.

While tattoo artistry seems like an exciting profession, it’s equally challenging. An artist may have to work for 5-6 hours straight on one intricate tattoo. It requires immense concentration. This results in weakening of the eyesight and mental fatigue. A budding tattoo artist has to financially invest to setup a studio. He has to buy a tattoo kit and a machine, which can be costly. Most tattoo artists start off by working on themselves, which makes them prone to skin injuries. Even a small error can cause damage to the skin.

For those who feel tattoo making is their calling must know there are various tattoo making schools in India and abroad. There are many tattoo artists open to take amateur artists under their wing.

Most tattoo artists start off as apprentices. They work for 2-3 years under the supervision of an experienced tattoo maker, before taking off on their own. It’s important to watch an experienced hand at work first. Observation is key. There are several who consider otherwise.

There are many artists who pickup tattoo making from a book, or from the internet, or they would work at a studio for 2 months and then start off on their own. Without practical experience they start making tattoos and end up making mistakes.

Building a name in the profession takes time. Once the artist has made a name through his or her tattooing skills, then the payoffs can range from Rs.6000 to Rs.10000 per tattoo. Some of the best tattoo artist in Delhi have made up to Rs.85000 in a matter of 8 hours.

A budding tattoo artist has to have a steady hand at drawing; an inch of miscalculation can spoil the whole tattoo. He must be patient and meticulous with his work. Good communication skills are important. He or she must be polite and professional with customers.

The right kind of tattoo can make a huge difference. It accentuates the personality and improves the person’s self-image. The tattoo is a source of confidence and power. Getting a tattoo with a loved one can be a bonding and affectionate experience.

While it is easy to get a tattoo as there are multiple tattoo studios in Delhi, it’s important to research properly before choosing the tattoo artist. Mohit, who owns “Tattoos by Mohit” one of the best tattoo artist in Delhi NCR says, “Creating a tattoo is a serious responsibility for the professional. We are making permanent impressions on the human skin, there’s no child’s play.”

A few precautions should be kept in mind. Hire an artist who follows safety and hygiene standards. The equipment (needles, syringes etc.) must be brand new. It is always better to go along with another person so that he/she can keep a check on the tattoo and the staff. Go through the post-tattoo precautions to keep the tattoo and the skin in the best condition. Avoid any physical activity that causes too much sweating as it might spoil the tattoo by mixing with the ink.

Getting a tattoo made can be painful. But then again, the intensity of the pain is different for every person. If your friend found it excruciatingly painful, it does not mean so will you. The intensity of the pain depends on the location of the tattoo as well. Some people say that it pains the most in the bony parts of the body such as the elbow, ankle or collar bones. Others believe that the fleshier parts such as the thighs, calves etc. cause a stronger sensation of pain. If your tattoo happens to be on top of a sensitive nerve it can cause immense pain. Hence before getting yourself inked, choose the location wisely.

Indian societies have given a mixed reaction to tattooing. Tattooing has been practiced in rural parts of Northern India for more than thousand years. The Hindi term for tattooing is ‘gudna’ meaning ‘to bury the needle’. Among rustic women and farmers, a tattoo signified a special kind of jewelry. It was a means to beautify the body.

Even when all your worldly possessions were stolen, the tattoo was considered a jewel no one could steal. Tribal women made tattoos to portray their devotion for the gods. So came about the tattooing images of deities like Hanuman, Ram, Kali etc. The ink used was obtained from herbs and the tattoos lasted lifelong. Tattoos were also used to mark strength and prowess in battle, as was seen in the case of the Konyak tribe of Nagaland. They tattooed their entire face to show their strength and ferociousness in battlefield. Tattoos have been a part of the Indian culture even before they were appreciated by the urban dwellers.

While it is a tradition among the tribal and rural folk of India, there are also sections of the society which are strictly against the practice. Parents are often scandalized at seeing their children with large flashy tattoos inked permanently on their skin. Youngsters must convince their parents to let them get tattoos. For medicine and army aspirants, tattoos are a taboo. Higher authorities believe tattoos do not fit into the image of an ideal army officer or a doctor. Hence there are stern consequences for aspirants who do not comply with this rule. Nevertheless, a tattoo is just a mark on the body. While tattoos do become a part of the personality, solely judging a person from his or her tattoos can form erroneous judgments.

Don’t judge a book by its cover.
It’s an artistic manifestation meant to be appreciated.

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