Cultural Tattoos

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Take a look at the different tattoos associated with different cultures around the world. You might be inspired.

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Cultural Tattoos

  1. 1. Cultural Tattoos
  2. 2. Why Are Tattoos Cultural? • Tattoos define individuals but are also used as symbols that society can use to identify them as part of a certain group or demographic. • Not every tattoo happens in a tattoo studio. Many cultural methods are used, involving sharpened bamboo sticks, metal tools or even the teeth of a barracuda. • Different types of tattoos require different kinds of tattoo aftercare, and different kinds also use different kinds and colors of ink that can affect the skin differently.
  3. 3. Check out the following cultural tattoos to get a sense of what kinds of tattoos are common throughout the world.
  4. 4. Maori Tattoo
  5. 5. Maori Tattoo • Maoris have facial tattoos that resemble masks to tell their life story and delineate their ancestry. • This is known as ta moko.
  6. 6. Traditional Thai Tattoo
  7. 7. Traditional Thai Tattoo • Thai tattoos are performed using bamboo reeds and ink derived from organic substances. • This is a practice begun centuries ago, and still continues today.
  8. 8. Chinese Dulong Tattoo
  9. 9. Chinese Dulong Tattoo • A clan-based society in China, the Dulong or Derung had 15 clans. • Every woman would receive facial tattoos after the age of 12 or 13, and could sometimes resemble facial hair.
  10. 10. Hawaiian Tattoo
  11. 11. Hawaiian Tattoo • Hawaiian tattoos can have a variety of different meanings: – Religion – Rite of Passage – War stories – Status – Heritage
  12. 12. Gang Tattoo
  13. 13. Gang Tattoo • Gang tattoos most often show allegiance to a particular gang. • Other tattoos can symbolize kills or time served in prison.
  14. 14. Hindu Henna Tattoo
  15. 15. Hindu Henna Tattoo • Henna has been a significant part of Hindu culture for several centuries. • Although it is now used as part of wedding preparations, Hindu women could wear henna tattoos at any time.

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