Whether on the hands of an Indian bride or on the chest of an African – body painting belongs to many cultures for various reasons.And that for a very long time: The ancient Egyptians already adorned themselves with significant paintings 8000 years ago. Mostly body paintings are symbolic and illustrate fertility, happiness and much more. Furthermore, they reveal a lot about their bearers: For example, about ranking or tribal affiliation. Magical powers have always been associated with the painted skin signs. The purpose of the “war paint” is to give the fighter courage and strength and to deter the opponent.

Tattoos as a targeted change

Today tattoo and piercing express the attitude towards life of young people. The trigger to get tattooed or pierced is often emotional and usually results from certain phases of change in life. “My decision to have a tattoo didn’t come immediately, so I took my time until I was really sure. In the end, I got a tattoo because I wanted to change my outfit in a targeted way. when my long-term relationship broke down. I needed a change, even if it was primarily only external. I have a Celtic motif and I think it suits me very well, “says medical student Olaf Bayer *.

The desire for individuality and self-fulfillment is often present among tattoo and piercing customers – the question is, as with all trends, to what extent can this be implemented or is it subject to another standard. In any case, this new outfit can no longer really be changed. The piercing can be easily removed, what remains in the favorable case is a small, unattractive scar. The situation is different with the tattoo: the marks can only be lasered away with high-precision laser applications from the dermatologist – but this usually leaves a blown-off tattoo as a result.

Tattoo Techniques

“Real tattoos”

In real tattooing, color is brought into the skin with a pointed object. The tattoo artist makes sure that the color is deposited in the middle layer of the skin – the dermis. Once so far into the skin, the color can no longer be broken down by the body and remains there for life. The quality of the colors used is therefore an important criterion. Reputable tattoo studios only use colors that are regularly subjected to quality control and are harmless on the part of dermatologists with regard to allergy-causing substances and pollutants.

Henna tattoos

You can buy henna paste in a tube. You can also mix them yourself from henna powder. The paste is then applied to previously thoroughly cleaned skin with a brush or chopstick. It is important that it acts on the skin long enough. To do this, it should dry for at least 3-8 hours. During this time, the position should be moved as little as possible.

Henna tattoos can also be easily made with henna pens. Henna tattoos are known from Asia. The best known are hand and foot paintings by Indian brides, who are also becoming more and more popular in Germany – albeit from a less traditional background. In contrast to the “real” tattoos, henna only colors the top layer of the skin – the so-called epidermis. The color is therefore always degraded. In extreme cases, however, this can take up to 6 weeks. Henna tattoos usually fade after just a little washing and disappear within a few days, depending on the level of personal hygiene.

“Fake Tattoos”

The adhesive tattoos are even more short-lived. Equipped with mica articles, they glitter as a disco gag or simply as summer fun, usually only for a day or evening. Whether in a romantic look, as an animal symbol, filigree ribbon or as a highlight in the form of rhinestones under the eye – at the moment they are very popular with young and old.

Tattoo Styles

Comic, new school, old style or old tribal signs of the Indians – so-called tribal – a practiced tattoo artist can realize different styles. However, you can also hand over your own templates to the tattoo artist, who will edit them according to your wishes. Celtic symbols are also increasingly used as a tattoo template. The Celtic tribes did not leave any written records, but many works of art. They not only decorated their everyday objects and weapons with expressive patterns, but also the body.

The Celts had an eye for symmetry – that’s why the Celtic symbols are all mirror images. Abstract animal signs were also popular with the Celts. The most important Celtic symbol was the spiral , which stands for infinity. It was also inserted into ornamental patterns. The Celts’ braiding patterns are also popular – they fit perfectly on the arms or ankles.

What are organic tattoos?

“Simply put, a customer scam! You won’t find a reputable tattoo artist to do this job for you.” says Frank Cullmann, who has been working in the Nuremberg tattoo and piercing scene for years and recently started his own business. The theory of the bio tattoo assumes that only a very thin or a single needle is used. The color should only be applied to the top layer of skin, the so-called epidermis. Since this layer of skin is subject to constant renewal, the tattoo would degrade again in 2-3 years.

“In practical terms, the theory of bio-tattooing is simply wrong. In addition, these statements are proof enough that these providers have not informed themselves about their material, the skin.” says Frank Cullmann and can give a medical reason for this: “The skin is completely renewed on average by the body every 28 days. This means that such a” tattoo “should have disappeared even after 28 days.

Since this is never the case, the color pigments were deposited in the dermis. This layer of skin is not subject to renewal, so that the color pigments remain – for a lifetime. “In the case of bio-tattoo, the effort of the tattoo artist to get only the top layer of skin ultimately results in the color pigments sometimes – if it hits – in the top layer and another time into the middle layer, the dermis, because no one can estimate the thickness of the skin with the naked eye.


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