The word tattoo is derived from the Polynesian word, 'tatao', which literally means to tap or to mark someone. The word was coined by Captain James Cook in 1769. He mused "The Universality of tattooing is a curious subject for speculation." Indeed it is. I'm not a fan of tattoos personally. I guess because A) I'm not a fan of pain, B) because I know I'll age and/or my tastes will change and I'll be stuck with what I've engraved into my body and C) I have enough issues with what I see in the mirror every day, without some avatar sliding into a dark crease or newly created fold as the years progress. I look around and I'm starting to think my husband and I are the minority, as we have zero body art and no plans to change that. I don't judge people that have elected to express their creativity in illustrated flesh, in fact I'm somewhat fascinated by the choices people make, and what you can learn about them as a result. Below are some thought-provoking examples of INK I've come across recently.
|Nikki Sixx's arm - Bamboo needles created this gal on an adventure to the Orient.|
|These twins were found on the arm of a twin sister, and are inspired by a painting her sister loves.|
|Father knows best. The arm of Intern Adam, part of the WRVW morning show here in Nashville. The quote is from his father, and is done in his dad's handwriting too.|
Spirituality, family ties, a bond between this world and the next, the marking of experiences, hope, prayer, faith, love, quotes, lyrics, talismans; all are outward appearances of these individual's inward beliefs and personal encouragements.
|Gloriana, at the CMA Music Festival remote. Michael is on the left here. Notice the wording on his arm.|
Talented singer/songwriter Skylar Grey. She penned "Love The Way You Lie" for Rhianna & Eminem. Notice her tat peeking out from the left sleeve of her jacket. A close-up is below.
|She just rolls up her sleeves for a little inspiration.|
|New group, the Lunabelles, making their freshman rounds to radio during CMA Music Festival week.|
|"Broken angel you've gotta get up and earn your wings."|