Origins of Bamboo Tattoo

Posted in Body Arts with tags , , , on July 15, 2009 by carlnumb
Bamboo Tattoo Kit

Bamboo Tattoo Kit

History as we all know has no exact or conclusive end. For all we know, it is based on facts, relics, archives, and sometimes word of mouth that survived time and gathered by historians and compiled to what is known to us as historical facts.

But here is certain. Bamboo tattooing had originated in South East Asia. A recent study believed that this art have originated in the Khmer period around 3000 years ago. Mummified remains of ancient tribe leaders in the Philippines have tattoos which suggested was done using bamboo tattooing technique. They are also known are the Fire Mummies of the Philippines.


Fire Mummies

A growing interest in the Western culture  in bamboo tattooing is becoming more popular. Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie visited Thailand for bamboo tattoos. The actress has a traditional Khmer tattoo on her upper back and a large tiger on her lower back. Both of these have been done by bamboo and may prove an incentive for the next generation to learn bamboo tattooing before it is lost altogether.

Tattooed the Ancient Way

Tattooed the Ancient Way

In Thailand, bamboo tattooing began in the Buddhist temples, with monks receiving religious text tattoos from grand master monks for protection. Throughout periods of conflict in Thailand, soldiers would visit temples to be tattooed by the monks with spells for such things as protection, strength or invisibility. One Thai legend states that Thailand has never been occupied as the Thai soldiers are warrior ghosts who cannot be seen or killed by the enemy due to their protective tattoos.


Bamboo Tattoos Anyone?

Posted in Body Arts on July 13, 2009 by carlnumb
Bamboo, technically is a kind of GraSS

Bamboo, technically is a kind of GraSS

Bamboo tattooing is a traditional tattoo technique, today still practiced in places like Hawaii, Samoa, Japan and Thailand and the Phillipines.

It is more delicate than tattoo machines

It is more delicate than tattoo machines

It is done by puncturing the skin with the needle gently, adjusting the strength of the hands. Bamboo tattooing uses a piece of bamboo made into chopstick shape, with on one end of the stick a needle attached. The tattoo artist uses one hand to hold the handle and do the piercing; the other hand supports the stick.

This tattooing method requires years of practice and expertise to achieve results comparably or even better than tattooing using a machine.

Not Just For Pond

Posted in Body Arts with tags , , , on July 11, 2009 by carlnumb
Great Oriental Art

Great Oriental Art

Koi Fish Tattoo is one of the favorite tattoo designs which are popular for beauty and ‘Good Luck’. Koi Fish belongs to the same family as Carp and is often mistaken for large goldfish. Koi fish are known for their strength, vitality and perseverance. This design represents Zen and symbolizes ‘Good Luck’.

Hey, It Swims!

Though the Koi fish mysterious mythology and symbolism apply to all cultures but the Japanese people probably have the longest history with the koi fish. There is an ancient Japanese legend that if a koi swims all the way up the Yellow River to a point called Dragon Gate, and swims up the waterfall at that point, it will turn into a Dragon which shows the measure of perseverance and triumph over adversity that it possess. And with the belief that Koi fish tattoo on their body will lead them toward greater fulfillment and happiness many people prefer to get this tattoo inked on their body.

Now that is awesome!

Now that is awesome!

There are some significant factors that you need to consider including the tattoo color, its location on your body and of course any complimentary inclusions. Koi Fish tattoo are now very popular among men and women. Always remember that Koi Fish tattoo needs a place of honor on your body. Men generally get them on their shoulders or calf and women like to get them as a lower back tattoo. Next factor that should be consider is that if you are an employee then get your tattoo on those parts of your body where it can be camouflage with clothing and if you are free to show off your lucky Japanese Koi fish tattoo design then your back, your forearms, around the side of your neck or around your ankle are the places commonly liked by the people to place their Koi Fish tattoo.

Vivid Colored Koi Tattoo

Other two factors are the color and the environment where the Koi fish is going to be put. For your Koi fish tattoo you need to have a clear opinion of the color scheme you want the tattoo drawn in and ideally it is best to choose a color design that compliments your skin tone. You can go for as white, red, black, yellow or gold, or perhaps a mixture of those colors. The different environments where the Koi fish can be put are flowing stream, a calm pool or even rocky rapids. You can also apply your own unique ideas to make it gorgeous so that it can be treasured by you and the onlookers throughout the years.

Koi With Nipon Character

Koi With Nipon Character

Celebrities and Butterflies

Posted in Body Arts with tags , , , , on July 9, 2009 by carlnumb

Butterfly tattoos are so famous that even high profile celebrities are choosing it. Drew Barrymore has a butterfly tattoo under her navel. Britney Spears and Paris Hilton also have butterfly tattoos, which prove that butterfly tattoos are feminine tattoos. Nowadays, more and more women and even men are considering butterfly tattoos.
Drew's butterfly tattoo.

Butterfly on Paris

A certain time in history, boxing superstar Muhammad Ali redefined the general perception to butterflies. Ali was well known for his fighting style, which he described as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”.

And then... it's all butterflies

Women and Butterflies

Posted in Body Arts with tags , , , on July 9, 2009 by carlnumb

Whats’ with women and butterflies? Well… Just imagine your are a mean muscled two hundred fifty two pounds six foot three bull wearing a butterfly tattoo! Odd ain’t  it?

Yummy tummy!

Most women want their butterfly tattoos tattooed on ankles, shoulders, lower back area, upper back area, chest and armbands or just about anywhere. With the huge number of butterfly images available, it can take quite some time to choose the perfect butterfly tattoo design. People who have chosen butterfly tattoos may have gone through a transformative experience in life and want to express it in the form of butterflies.

This one is bluer.

There are different sizes and shapes of butterfly tattoo designs that are most loved by men and women. Butterfly tattoos also come in different color schemes that ranges from two-tones to colorful ones. Butterfly tattoos known for its unique, gorgeous and striking colors. Anyone who has a butterfly tattoo can be a head turner. For sure, you have seen or come across people with butterfly tattoos because people are going crazy about it.

Butterfly That Stings Like A Bee!

Posted in Body Arts with tags , , on July 9, 2009 by carlnumb

Oftentimes, many people ask about the meaning of the butterfly. In some cultures, butterflies are recognized as a bringer of bad news or bad luck, while most people regard it as a symbol of new life or a new beginning. The earlier cultures believed that caterpillars die to give life to the butterfly, which made them assume that butterflies are bad luck. The latter focused on the rebirth of the caterpillar through the butterfly, which made the significance of the butterfly tattoo popular.

Butterfly Wings

Butterfly Wings

This unique butterfly design blends well on Caucasians. The skin tone makes the tattoo more visible. So in choosing a tattoo design, consider what color will blend well on your skin tone.

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Posted in Uncategorized on July 8, 2009 by carlnumb

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