The art of tattooing has been present for centuries across different cultures and religions. The rationale of tattoos has differed from one culture to another during the centuries. According to history, Egyptians used tattoos to differentiate slaves and peasants. Tattoos spread to China and then to Greece around 2,000 B.C. where they were used as a mode of communication between spies.Tattooing has been practiced in Japan and other Asian countries for thousands of years. The first written record of tattooing in Japan was found in a history of the Chinese Dynasty from the year 297 A.D.
If tattoos were used for economic and cultural purposes back then, today all persons are free to get tattoos for any reason. Tattoos could represent a loved one, whether living or dead, they could be for religious reasons, like the face of their favourite God, and military tattoos are also popular among youngsters wishing to show their patriotism towards their country. These are only a few examples. There are a myriad range of tattoo designs that could seem only as a design for people seeing them, but they have an inner meaning only the person who sports the tattoo knows. Tattoos can be a great reason to start a conversation with strangers. Sometimes a person sports a tattoo to give out a clear message to stay out of his way, like wearing a raven or a wolfish jaw or fang. And sometimes, there is a rare belief behind a simple tattoo that only the one who sports it knows.
The fact is, tattoo-lovers are a proud lot — they have consciously taken the decision to tattoo their bodies and would like to proudly declare that they are what they are. They are ordinary people like you and me, except that they have a strong sense of identity they have no intention of hiding. They are not scared of public opinion and would love to let others know what they believe in. And good for them! Over the centuries, instead of becoming an extinct practice, tattoos have gained in popularity — which only goes to prove that the art has stood the test of time and is here to stay.