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Getting tattooed is nothing new,

since hundred of years people get tattooed, the main difference to today tattoos is contemporary tattoos are more sophisticated in terms of tattoo design and the use of tattoo ink with different colors. On of the most popular tattoos in resent years are Thai tattoos many people bring with from their vacation in Thailand.

Especially in the main tourist spots such as Bangkok at Patong and Phuket at Patong Beach and Karon Beach are plenty of tattoo parlors with hundreds of tattoo designs where it is easy to find just the right one for you and also very important, prices are low and tattoo quality is high.

Among other they have great dragon tattoos, butterfly tattoos, Japanese, Chinese tattoos and some interesting tribal tattoo on display.

As always history, symbolism and meaning

provide an interesting overlap of cultures and times. If you are thinking about getting an tattoo it helps to know the background on them and do some research to find out the different meaning and symbolism of tattoos. Some common designs in ankle tattoos are a tribal symbol, a floral arrangement or an initial. An ankle tattoo can be small enough that it isn't noticeable unless the person is very close. Many professional women choose this type of tattoo because it isn't overbearing and at the same time it allows them to carry something personal on their bodies always also a unconventional tribal tattoo can be hidden somewhere.

Once you have decided on a design and coloring for your ankle tattoos you'll want to visit a reputable establishment that does tattoos. Looking through the yellow pages is one route but if you know anyone who has a tattoo you should ask them about their experience. Quite often they'll be happy to share with you and they may recommend a place for you to visit. After deciding on a tattoo parlor you'll want to discuss with the artist your concept. If you come there without a design in mind they will be able to show you a range of images that you can choose from. Most people prefer a

smaller tattoo art design for ankle tattoos and if the artist feels that yours is too large, they will work with you to bring it down to a scale that is more appropriate.

Getting a tattoo involves piercing the skin, and so there is going to be some pain involved, no matter how small the tattoo and no matter where it is on your body. The amount and type of pain experienced is highly variable depending on each individual's tolerance to and acceptance of pain, in general a Tattoo is a variety of Body Art.

Tattoo Art with Thailand Tattoo
Tattoo Art with Thailand tattoo
Tattoo with Shading
Tattoo with Shading
tattoo applied to no painful areas
Tribal Tattoo applied to no painful areas

While tattooing, the needles puncture the skin at a very fast rate and at a variable depth. The outline is usually the most painful work, because the needles are being used to create a nice solid black line that will define the tattoo, and so it is inserted deeply and carefully to ensure complete and effective coverage.

Tattoo shading is usually not as painful, but this also depends upon the depth of penetration and the desired effect. The pain you feel is generally as a slight burning or hot scratching sensation. Generally, the tattoo is more painful if applied to areas of the body where there is less muscle and fatty tissue covering bone, like wrists, ankles, chests, and other normally sensitive body areas. Upper arms are usually the least painful, while the ankles and sternum can be

quite sensitive. The tattoo pain is certainly not unbearable, here are some tips for coping with and minimizing the pain: Find a reputable tattooist that you feel comfortable with to get the tattoo work done, the confidence you get from a tattooist can minimize your pain to the highest. Don't show up drunk or on drugs and accept the few hours of some kind of pain when the needles pierce

your skin. Relax and after the tattoo session you will have a great  get tattoo. If you feel you can't take the pain anymore, tell it to your tattoo artist. and take a short break, or come back in a few days. Tattoos don't have to be applied all in one sitting. Break up your session if needed. Listen to music or let your imagination go wild during the procedure, a certain degree of distraction set by your self will help you put less concentration on the pain.

Getting Tattooed

So, you're considering a tattoo. It's quite a step to take. Along with the obvious things to consider like the pain involved and the risk of infection, I think the most important thing you need to remember is a tattoo's is virtually there forever, but this has changed since modern technology, in this case a laser took over to get rid of the tattoo.

Tattoo's have grown in acceptance and have become much more mainstream in the last ten or so years. It's interesting that tattoo businesses are now calling themselves tattoo "salons" and tattoo "studios" instead of using the old phrase tattoo "parlor".In a recent poll it was found that 16% of American adults have a tattoo. You see many young women now with a lower back tattoo. Technology has helped advance the popularity of tattooing with better longer lasting colors and improvement in equipment. Helping the popularity also is the emergence of reality TV shows like A&E's "Inked". There are even forums on the web for people with tattoos and for people considering getting a tattoo.

Tattoo on normally sensitive body areas
Tribal Tattoo on normally sensitive body areas
Tattoo Artist in a Tattoo Parlor
Tattoo Artist in a Phuket Tattoo shop

There are literally hundreds of thousands of mass designed tattoo art works available, and, if one of them isn't right for you all that is standing in your way is your imagination and the right tattoo artist. Tattoo artists, like those featured in "Inked" actually get followings due to the quality of their work.

One of my favorite tattoos is a Rosie the Robot from the Jetson's (not that I would ever have 

Tattoo goes with Piercing
Tattoos go with Piercing

one on my skin). There are of course animal tattoos, flower The care that you receive in a tattoo studio must be flawless. There are measures that each tattoo studio must follow in order to ensure a sterile environment for patrons. Each state may have their own laws governing tattoo studios. Some tattoo studios require their artists to have mandatory training in sterilization techniques. Check with the studio. Also, how do you choose 

a tattoo artist? Perhaps, like me, you have a co-worker who isn't shy down her panties to reveal her large flower and total or complete body tattoos. Word of mouth is the best way to find a tattoo artist. Look at their work. Visit the studio, go several times. Look around, do you like what you see? Are the work areas clean? Do the artists seem to be following guidelines assuring cleanliness? How are they interacting with the patrons? Make sure that you consider the tattoo process thoroughly. Having a tattoo removed can be painful, and costly too. About the Author Catherine Olivia. To learn more about Tattoos please visit http://www.tattoo-dragon.info

Body Tattoo

Some of the most striking full body tattoos are Japanese Tattoos, Chinese Tattoos and as the tattoo pictures at the right show, Taiwanese Tattoos. This full body tattoos with beautiful colors over rather big areas of the skin are really amazing, not only in terms of tattoo art and tattoo designs but also in terms of money.

To do it as shown in the tattoo pictures at right will cost a few thousands of US dollars and take probably several weeks to complete.     What do you get when you're a celebrity who has everything? These days, the answer seems to be get inked with great tattoo designs, there are many. Just have a look to the right, this are tattoo designs from Taiwan.

Tattoos are no longer the exclusive decoration of sailors and bikers, tattoos are leaving a permanent mark on the arms, legs, chests -- and other body parts -- of a growing number of celebrities and non-celebrities. Depending on your point of view, tattoos are vulgar or vogue, shocking or sexy, degenerate or de rigueur, its depending to the tattoo designs, a little bit different with a tribal tattoo. 

Upper Back Tattoo Designs
Upper Back Tattoo Designs
Body Tattoo Designs
Body Tattoo Designs
Tattoo Artist in Taiwan
Tattoo Artist in Taiwan

Some of the most interesting are Tribal Tattoos

Tribal tattoo Myanmar Chin lady
Tribal tattoo Myanmar Chin lady
Tribal tattoo Chin lady
Tribal tattoo Chin lady
Tribal tattoo Chin lady with Pipe
Tribal tattoo Chin lady with Pi

The Chin are an ethnic group in Myanmar or Burma in the northwest of the country, since the area is in a very remote corner of the country a tribal tattoo is still much in use with the women and the guys. They get their tribal tattoos already when the are still young and face tattoos are popular. Together with other body art as visible here, this is real exotic tattoo art.

Chin Tribal tattoo
Chin Tribal tattoo
Face Tribal Tattoo
Face Tribal Tattoo
Asian Tribal Tattoo
Asian Tribal Tattoo
Who has it, and where?

What do you get when you're a celebrity who has everything? These days, the answer seems to be a tattoo. No longer the exclusive decoration of sailors and bikers, tattoos are leaving a permanent mark on the arms, legs, chests -- and other body parts -- of a growing number of celebrities and non-celebrities. Depending on your point of view, tattoos are vulgar or vogue, shocking or sexy, degenerate or de rigueur, its a little bit different with a tribal tattoo.  As tattooing appeal catches on across the country it's becoming obvious that there's more to this trend than meets the eye.

Part of a great full body tattoo renewed allure is the rebellious image portrayed by many who have one. "Rap culture has a lot to do with it," says Jacci Gresham,a tattoo artist in New Orleans. The majority of her clients are under the age of 25. "They see these rappers on TV and want to be like them. They copy the clothes, the speech, so why not the tattoos?"

They also adorn the muscles of many athletes,

including 35 percent of those in the NBA, and grace the curves of a growing number of starlets and recording artists. As part of her latest makeover, Janet Jackson has several tattoos, including one on her lower back and another below the bikini line. Actress Halle Berry sports a tattoo on her rear end (a sunflower that covers ex-husband David Justice's name) and has been seen wearing a temporary one around her navel, Rappers Sean (Puffy) Combs and Mase both have real tattoos.

Singer Mary J. Blige has several, including her name around one arm and a rose on her thigh. As far as we know, basketball sensation Michael Jordan doesn't have a tattoo, but his teammate Dennis Rodman has a total of 22. Despite a resurgence in popularity, tattoos are not for everyone. In most states, you must be at least 18 or have a parent's permission to legally get one. Doctors stress that tattoo parlors should be sanitary and the artists must use clean instruments to prevent spreading disease and infection. Experts say the process of having ink injected into the skin with multiple needles can range from a mildly irritating experience to an excruciating ordeal. Also, artists who haven't been formally trained and operate without a license should be avoided. "You don't want someone who isn't licensed injecting ink into your skin," advises Dr. Janee Steinberg, M.D., a cosmetic surgeon in Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. Actress Lisa Nicole Carson got her first tattoo on impulse.  It was raining," she explains. "I was hanging out in Alphabet City [in New York City] and a guy named Jack Daniels convinced me to do it."

Like many other celebrities, the star of Eve's Bayou and FOX television's Ally McBeal couldn't stop with just one and now has three other tattoos "sprinkled" around her body. Upper back tattoos are also very popular. At 19, musician Lenny Kravitz got his first tattoo. His mother (the late actress Roxie Roker) wasn't easily dismayed by her son's wild antics, but even she was taken aback. "She was shocked because it was so big," says Kravitz, "but after awhile, I think she dug it." The elaborate image of a Japanese dragon took weeks to complete. He went on to get seven more, including his favorite, the words "My Heart Belongs to Jesus Christ" inscribed on his back.

Showing off a upper back tattoo means showing some skin, and for many that baring of flesh adds to the sex appeal. However, tattoos don't work for everyone. "I think tattoos are sexy on some people, or at least interesting," says Carson. "On other people, it's just corny." Kravitz agrees. "I think a tattoo can be very sexy, depending on where you put it." The most popular place to get a tattoo is the upper arm. Following closely behind are the chest, ankle, shoulder, calf and back. In recent years, celebrities also have begun sporting tattoos

on their wrists, stomachs and rear ends.

All this tattoos are finally created as tattoo art from tattoo artists who got a lot of help in resent years by so called tattoo guns which helps a lot to do excellent tattoo art in a quick session but still make sure a high level of quality. The types of tattoos are just as intriguing as their locations. According to Gresham, the average Black client tends to get the traditional Black panther (men), rose (women) or names of loved

Tattoo Art Devil Tattoo
Devil Tattoos
Tattoo Art surreal
Tattoos on arm
Tattoo Art Devil on arm

ones, but celebrities tend to take more creative chances. "You see a lot of symbolic designs," says Gresham. Tribal patterns, Asian symbols and beautifully rendered portraits are common. For most, the tattoos have a personal or spiritual significance. "It doesn't make any sense to have tattoos that don't have meaning," Gresham believes. "You can't just wash it off; it will always be a part of you."

Maybe after some times you get another idea of your tattoo and try to get rid of it. You could try heavy makeup, or hire a tattoo artist to cover it up with a new one. If you experience an allergic reaction to the dye or decide the tattoo isn't you, new laser technology can erase it, but this wont come cheap, so better thing before.

A easy way to your tattoo could be to do holiday in Thailand and get a nice Thailand tattoo, to the on the safe side take tattoo design you like with you to show what you want.

Tattoo artist at work
Tattoo artist at work

Traditional Japanese Art.

Beside of the traditional Japanese tattoos such as Kanji and other designs there was a new tattoo fashion, they called that Koi Fish Tattoos, actually a revitalization of an old Japanese tattoo design.
Koi fish tattoos have been growing in popularity with men and women since those Japanese tattoo designs are really coming to life with the new vivid tattoo ink colors. AT the pictures her you can see traditional Japanese Tattoo art.

They can be permanently removed without leaving a scar

Experts use special laser lights that break the tattoo ink into smaller particles, which are then absorbed by the body and flushed out of the skin. Fake tattoos and temporally tattoos are a painless and temporary solution. Stick-on versions can be detailed and colorful, but they don't fool anyone at close range. Another option is mehndi. "Why make a commitment to a tattoo if you feel unsure about it?" says Loretta Roome, a trained mehndi artist and author of Mehndi:

Henna tattoo or rather body art painting. A 5,000-year-old art form originating in Egypt, mehndi is the practice of drawing patterns onto the skin with an all-natural henna dye. Roome has painted intricate designs on supermodel Naomi Campbell and superstar Madonna, among others. With mehndi, her clients have body art that looks permanent and can be reapplied or replaced when the original fades.

The types of people who come in for tattoo are "extreme," says Roome. "It even blows my mind. We've done a lot of women in their 70s side-by-side with people in their 20s.Whether permanent or pretend, the allure of tattooing is more than skin deep. As a constant symbol of rebellion and personal expression, those who take the plunge and get a permanent tattoo should be prepared to deal with the consequences. "Tattoos are for life," says Gresham. "If you can't accept that, you have no business getting one in the first place." Author Melissa Ewey COPYRIGHT Johnson Publishing Co. and Gale Group

Tattoos, once the domain of rough, tough macho blokes - sailors with mermaids on their chests, truckers with "love" and "hate" on their knuckles, gangsters with black dashes round their throats and the instruction to "cut along the dotted line", are now eagerly sought after by fashion-conscious young women. Most of my daughters' friends have a tattoo somewhere, usually a flower tattoo and not so big like the full body tattoo of this Japanese Lady here, and I'm reliably informed that Victoria Beckham has "good luck" in Chinese tattooed on her buttock. Her husband has eight, including his children's names and Victoria in Sanskrit on his back, though apparently it is spelt wrong. Robbie Williams has the musical notation of "All You Need Is Love" - crochets, quavers, demi-semi-quavers, all careering across his stomach. I did hear of a man who had his entire back tattooed as if the skin had been removed and you could see all the ligaments, bones and organs replicated underneath.

A full body tattoo cost a fortune because there were so many colors, took three months and hurt like hell, but he said it was worth it. Forget the social and psychological implications of body painting. What about the straightforward pain. By pure coincidence. someone showed me a junk-mail brochure he had been sent in the post with examples of various saucy new tattoos currently on offer. It's one thing to have a swarm of bees tattooed on your shoulder, where your skin is relatively tough, but where the brochure was suggesting it should go - above the caption "Bees round the honeypot" - it looked horribly painful.

Years ago when I first came to London, I got lost one day in the maze of streets around King's Cross and found myself outside a door marked Jock's Tattoo Studio. What an eye-opener. Jock, a massive, bearded Glaswegian who looked as if he ate sheep wool, was making a pretty good fist of reproducing the roof of the Sistine Chapel on a scrawny young man's even scrawnier back. Was it the most difficult tattoo he'd ever done, I asked. No, said Jock, he'd once been asked to tattoo a Scotsman's testicles tartan. Author SUE ARNOLD Copyright Independent Newspapers UK Limited Provided by ProQuest Information and Learning Company. All rights Reserved.

Athletes Tell The Meaning Behind Their Tattoos

Tattoo art is also popular with star athletes, since they play in coliseums, areas and stadiums across the country, their fans can't help noticing the growing number of tattoos that adorn their bulging biceps and other muscle-laden limbs. Tattoos are transforming their classic physiques into true works of art. Every symbol or phrase holds a meaning as unique as the famous person it decorates. Some of today's hottest sports stars reveal why they chose them and what they mean.


The NBA's 2001 MVP captivates fans with his electrifying play and his array of tattoos. Philadelphia 76ers Iverson displays 16 tattoos that describe his attitude in life (Only the Strong Survive), on the court, and ones that are dedicated to his family and friends. On his left arm, Iverson's nickname, The Answer, is written above a bulldog, is the Georgetown University mascot--Iverson's alma mater.


Taking off his cape to celebrate his back-to-back NBA championship, O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers typified his Superman tattoo throughout the recent playoffs. In addition to the "S" inside the emblem, the 7-foot-1, 315-pound superstar has on his massive biceps "Taahairh," his daughter's name, and the declarations "The World is Mine" and "Against the Law."


One of Super Bowl Champion Ray Lewis' two tattoos is a panther on his right arm because he loves cats. "I study them," said Lewis, the NFL's 2001 MVP. "They are cunning, quick, crafty, intelligent and focused." Perhaps this exemplifies Lewis' play, a bulldozing linebacker who earned the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Award last season. Asked if he plans to get more tattoos, Lewis told JET, "No, my mother won't let me."


This flourishing strong forward uses symbols to express himself. The Chinese tattoo on his right shoulder means "Strive to be your best." The one underneath is a symbol meaning "Love your family." The sensational Camby of the New York Knicks got the tattoos about three years ago and says he doesn't have the same tattoos as anyone else. "At least not that I know about! I purposely chose the ones that I did because I wanted them to be original."


This impeccable guard's confident court attitude is visible on his body. Working magic with a basketball against his opponents, Hughes has a two-headed dragon with a magician holding a basketball in the middle tattooed on his forearm. "This [represents]


my skills in basketball." The human symbol that And I basketball apparel uses on its clothing is tattooed on his right arm. "The guy has shorts on and no shirt, holding a basketball," said Hughes. "That's how we play, shirts and skins." The Golden State Warrior gains motivation from the large tattoo on his left arm that is three grim reapers, a skull and Psalm 26.


At 6-foot-4, this Olympian proudly wears seven tattoos in the national spotlight. Varying from animals, names, numbers and symbols, Griffith's first tattoo was her nickname Yo Yo on her right leg. This painful experience took place in the girls' locker room at her high school: a lesson to get her tattoos professionally done. The African symbol she wears on her left arm means "strength, beauty, and vigilance." Her most recent tattoo is of a large panther on her right thigh. "I wanted it for a long time and it was something I said I was going to get," Griffith told JET.

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