The history of tattoos goes back to as early as 5,200 BC, with the discovery of the Tattooed Iceman on the Italian-Austrian border. Tattoos serve different purposes for various cultures. In some cultures, tattoos are used as a permanent amulet or protection for pregnant women. In others, tattoos are used to mark someone as belonging to a certain religious sect, to a master, to the nobility, or even as a criminal. There are also cultures that use tattoos as a form of identification or to enhance physical features. These days, tattoos are mostly a form of creative expression for people. In Ancient Egypt, tattoos were restricted to women. But these days, anyone, regardless of gender, can get a tattoo on almost any part of their bodies. If you are planning to get a tattoo, then you are faced with the decision of where to place it. To help you with your decision, here are some body parts that get the most attention from tattoo artists.
Chest tattoos are common with men but women also get them. Breast tattoos, as implied by the name, is something that women mostly have done. Both these tattoos can attract attention and can be quite sexy. Chest and breast tattoos can be shown to your lover but hidden from the rest of the world.
Tattoos placed on this area are usually situated in the inner part of the wrist. Aside from the usual bracelet/wristband and single image styles, inspirational quotes are great designs for wrist tattoos because you can easily see them when you need some motivation. The great thing about wrist tattoos is that you can easily hide them with the use of accessories.
Arm tattoos can be seen on any of the different parts of the arm: forearm, upper arm, lower arm, shoulders, and even sleeves. These tattoos can be simple or detailed, and you can expand the design. Before you get an arm tattoo, think of how it can affect your chances of employment, as well as how you can hide it.
The back is basically a big piece of canvas for tattoo artists. Back tattoos can be as small or as big as you want them to be. They can also be as simple or as elaborate as you want. Small tattoos can be expanded so placement is definitely important. If you want to get a full back piece tattoo, keep in mind that it takes several sessions and a lot of money to finish it.
5. Lower Back
A tattoo on the lower back is common among women. This tattoo can be highly sexy and sensual. The right design can highlight womanly curves while the wrong one can appear to be skanky or trashy. A tattoo on the lower back can easily be hidden with the correct choice of clothing.
Ankle tattoos can be used to accentuate the legs while still being easy to hide. All you need is a change of clothing, usually pants, stockings, leggings, or socks. These tattoos are usually found anywhere on the extreme lower calf down to the ankle bone. Getting a tattoo in this location can be painful because it is a bony part of the leg. The bad thing about ankle tattoos is that they require touch ups because they can easily fade.
Getting a tattoo on the feet is highly discouraged because the design can easily fade or blur from exposure to the elements. It is also a painful part to get a tattoo because of the close proximity of skin and bone. Despite all this, many people still get feet tattoos because they can be highly beautiful and exotic.
A tattoo is a very personal thing and the design and location should be chosen with great care and consideration. I believe, though, that the design is more important than the location so pick your design first. When picking the placement of your tattoo, take note of exposure, wrinkling, and folding that may occur in the area. Remember that the placement can affect the overall effect and beauty of your tattoo so consult with your chosen tattoo artist. In the end, think of your tattoo as an expression of your personality.
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