Will tattoos finally be accepted as art?


He continues: “Someone sent me a British Post advertising leaflet the other day, which showed the father of a toddler with a full sleeve visible. There was a time when a relatively conservative organization like the Post Office would have created a backlash. Now it’s accepted as progressive.

Lodder insists that the tattoos should be considered historic. “medium” instead of “phenomenon”The media tends to downplay the history of the art form, instead focusing on recent buzz. He says we need to look deep into history to truly understand the trajectory that tattoos have taken. “Western tattooing has been a commodity-based art form for only about 140 years,” he explains, King George V was a major driving force behind its commercialization in the UK. Desirable Dragon Arm Tattoo travelAs a teenager, I went to Japan in 1881. He also adds, “We must also remember that there is physical evidence of tattooing dating back to 3250 BC.

ancient roots

Lodder refers to Otzi, an iceman from European Tyrol whose frozen body had been preserved under an alpine glacier on the Austrian-Italian border before being discovered by a confused German couple on their walking holiday in the Alps. Ötzi had 61 tattoos on his body, the tattoos (which were mostly sets of horizontal and vertical lines) would have had a therapeutic purpose similar to acupuncture – as they tended to be clustered around the lower part of the body. Ötzi’s back and joints, areas where anthropologists say the Iceman suffered from degenerative pain and aches.

Other ancient corpses reveal even more complex patterns. The “Gebelein Man” A tattoo of an interlocking bull and sheep has been on display in the British Museum for over 100 years. his arm. The naturally mummified corpse dates back approximately 5,000 years to the predynastic period of ancient Egypt. Permanent tattoos were applied using a carbon-based substance under the skin. [experts believe it was likely some type of soot]. Experts believe that tattoos were also used by ancient Egyptian women. They were carved into their skin to protect their babies from the gods during pregnancy. Amunet, a priestess of the goddess Hathor in Thebes in 1891, was found with a tattoo sprawled over the mummified corpse. abdominal region.

A heavily tattooed warrior priestess, dubbed the “Princess of Ukok”, was discovered by archaeologists in the Altai Mountains – which run through Russia, China, Mongolia and Kazakhstan – in 1993. DiscoveryThis 2,500-year-old corpse was particularly significant due to the exquisite preservation of skin and a body featuring elaborate illustrations of mythical beasts, including the antlers of a Capricorn.

She was 25 when she died. The princess was part of the Pazyryks, a Scythian-era tribe who saw body tattoos both as a way to show social status and to help locate loved ones in the afterlife. Lodder claims that all of these discoveries completely destroyed the idea that tattooing was somehow new. “trendy” – rather, it is one of the oldest art forms on record.


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