Tattoos have some wonderful designs that are largely derived and indeed begin their artistic shape in the hand of a typically skilled artist. Designs such as the Bacchus, can take on hundreds of variations due to him being a mythological figure. There is a common theme where Bacchus is concerned that is classically a brutish man who wears an ivy wreath with a goblet of wine at hand that can determine a man who enjoys the good life without being concerned of the danger to his own health. There could be a connection to tattoo designs like the old military character branding image BC, meanings bad character much the same as Bacchus himself. The marking BC was introduced by the British Army during the nineteenth century where soldiers with an undesirable attitude had BC tattooed on their wrists.
There is a following of such tattoos where the image is seen more of a symbolic mark than a piece of artwork. One in particular is the barbed wire or barbwire tattoo that is derived from Americas Midwest wire fencing material that was used to fence off individuals land in the eighteen hundreds. For many groups in modern society, especially those incarcerated by the state, the barbed wire tattoo represents their place and in some degrees their personal situation they feel life has dealt them. This type of tattoo is frequently worn around the upper or lower arm, better known as armband designs. Another personal design used by groups is the biochemical sign that signifies their feelings towards such hazardous materials and creates a type of brotherhood or bond between such individuals.
Japan is a rich source of information regarding various artworks and this is also true for tattoos due to the country’s vast history in this form of body art that goes back over a thousand years. One design in particular that is popular in Japan is that of goddess Benten or Benzaiten. She is the only female deity among seven other male gods that together symbolize good fortune. Benten herself is said to denote wisdom, the sea, music, eloquence, the arts and love. Often she is illustrated alongside snakes or riding dragons that enhance her beauty. Birds regularly appear in a variety of backdrops creating the heavenly vista Benten is accustomed to. Bird tattoo images are not just used to prop up the main piece. Frequently, birds are used as the center piece and with a huge catalogue to choose from they have and still are a trendy tattoo to have. Past decades have seen a large rise in women getting tattoos of our feather friend. Common choice of species is swallows, swifts, house martins, eagles, falcons and even the peacock is an occasional choice by some. Sparrows are typically used in conjunction with various foliage plants such as roses and thistles. Black rose tattoos have been designed with birds but more often than not this prickly plant is synonymous with death. Other meanings have become lost in the mists of time but there are documents that suggest it had been used as an emblem in battles between the English and Irish.
Besides birds other artists create some wonderful tattoo designs. One to mention is Cricket and his black widow spider tattoo that shows his artistic skill and imagination to give character to this eight legged creature that can be deadly in its own right to most animals including man. Its famous red marking on its shiny black surface are recognized by the world over and of course its spine chilling name that comes from the female species known to kill and eat it male counterpart before during or after intercourse. Tattoo artwork like the black widow seem to be a personal interaction for the wearer and therefore are somewhat uncommon in the mainstream of tattoo art. Various artists have taken the red marking on the black widows back and transformed it to a blood droplet for a sinister adaptation of an already sinister insect. Blood itself usually denotes life but can also be associated with hurt and pain. Many gangs have used a blood tear drop to indicate their membership to that particular group or gang. Tattoos to identify members are not only isolated to the youth of today but date back to ancient man and African tribes – that still mark their skin. Modern military of numerous countries and cultures wear tattoos with pride to show the world of the regiment that they belong to.
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