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					The History of Body Art and Modification
The existence of body art, AKA tattoos, is not one that has come to the
fore in recent times. Quite to the contrary the actual existence of the
process of tattooing and body art, though various in its' origins, can be
traced back for several millenniums. The word itself has many supposed
origins, the most credible ones being that of the Chinese term, "Ta"
which translates into "To strike something" and, more likely, that of the
word "Tatau" which means "to Mark."
The oldest definite example of body art came to surface recently upon a
mountaintop between Italy and Austria, as in late 1991 the frozen remains
of a five thousand year old male was found. This Bronze Age corpse was
marked from the waist down with almost 60 tattoos. However, this
particular region could not lay claim on the only evidence of ancient
body art.
In 1948 in a region between China and Russia a Russian Archaeologist by
the name of Sergei Rudenko located the tattoo covered mummified remains
of several bodies during a dig in the Altai Mountains of Siberia. These
remains dated back to 24000 years ago.
In the latter 1800's Egypt, not to ever be left out of the archaeological
race, reported the findings of a group of archaeologists. The one mummy
of notoriety was that of Amunet, an Egyptian priestess. This corpse dated
back between the times of 1994 BC and 2160 BC. The priestess had tattoo
designs covering her body.
The list goes on and on as we research one dynasty after another, country
after country. To actually be able to put a particular date on the
creation of the practice of body art is completely and utterly
impossible. There is evidence of this practice found in the history of
America, South America, Samoa, Japan, Polynesia, and even Hawaii. The
list is endless.
History also records several different purposes for body art, beyond the
label of art. Some societies used it for medical purposes, some
spiritual, and some as a statement of hierarchy. Today, particularly in
the United States, it is an art form. Nevertheless, we can always take
great pleasure in looking back on the various purposes and examples of
this art and revel in the rich history that is to be found therein. Even
those that utilized the Tattoo for more than merely an art form will go
down in history as works of art themselves.
From needles, ink and tattoo machines to body piercing jewelry and
equipment, we can provide you with all the info as well as current
industry news and new products. Beginning with tattoo supplies, it's
important to research the types of equipment that are out there and the
pros and cons to using each type. Tattoo guns, needles, tubes, tattoo
starter kits, machines, and inks are all key to starting a studio, shop,
parlor or business. The guns and machines are usually hand crafted or
homemade. As for the inks, it is crucial to carry a wide variety of
colors so you as the artists can create rich and unique designs. More
information: Tattoo aftercare.

				
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