Show us your ink!
For the record….. Calamity Jane “ain’t got no ink”!
source: National Day Calendar
National Tattoo Day on July 17th recognizes the history, culture and artists dedicated to etching ink permanently on the skin. The day might just be the date to get that ink you’ve been contemplating.
Evidence of humans marking their bodies with permanent designs have existed for thousands of years. Egyptian and ice mummies reveal several forms of religious and status symbols.
The word “tattoo” is derived from the Polynesian language for tatau, which means “to tap or to mark.” Around the world, cultures surrounding tattooing vary and some have changed very little over time. In the United States, sailors brought tattooing to coastal shores from their island exploits.
Getting inked continues to grow as technology and acceptance increases. While age, gender, religion and class once divide the tattooed from the non-tattooed, those barriers are less common than they used to be. Reasons why we go under the needle differ. A tattoo may represent a significant event or hold intensely personal meaning. However, some people do get tattoos on a whim. Still, others confess, the need for a new tattoo is an addiction.