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Maori Tattoos as Social Indicators

Submitted by Gregory Malnar on April 27, 2015 - 7:15pm

The Maori culture of New Zealand includes a history of unique tattoos that appear to have originated before the Maori recorded their origins. Using a technique that no other culture originally used, the mystery of the tattoos, along with the fact that the designs are typically created on the face, has garnered a lot of recent attention.

 

Nautical Star: Everyone's Got One, What Does It Mean?

Submitted by Gregory Malnar on April 27, 2015 - 6:55pm

The nautical star, a particular pattern of alternating light and dark shades in a five-pointed star, is often seen throughout the United States. The simple, elegant design attracts much attention and curiosity, but what does it mean? For some reason or another, I previously harbored a certain degree of contempt and disdain for the nautical star tattoos...

 

Tattoos in Movies - Who's Behind the Tattoos on the Silver Screen? - Page 2

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 5:44pm

He then moved to Los Angeles at 25 with his then girlfriend and now wife, Jill Warner, and began designing rock posters and album covers under the artist name Dickcherry.

 

When explaining his name change, he said: “Basically, I'm a huge 'Batman' fan, and I always liked the idea of having an alter ego. So basically the name Dickcherry is the alter ego I can use when I paint. My middle name is Richard, so I shortened that to Dick, and the first street I lived on was Cherry Street. It sounds taboo, and I like that."

10 of the Weirdest Tattoos Ever - Page 3

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 5:29pm

That's great...?

 

Only Tim and Erik fans will know who this little mustached cherub is.

 

Okay, this weird tattoo is pretty sweet.

 

10 of the Weirdest Tattoos Ever - Page 2

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 5:26pm

Very realistic.

 

The placement and the subject matter are just...creepy.

 

Yep, that pen is a tattoo!

10 of the Weirdest Tattoos Ever

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 5:23pm

Tattoos can get weird, really weird! Hey, to each his own. Tattoos are about self expression, for better or for worse. Some tattoos were created as an impulse, while others took a long time to figure out the best design for. Whatever your reason for getting a tattoo, it has to be personal. That being said, it's always best to think about your next tattoo for a while to ensure you won't regret it later. And so that you don't end up on one of these Tattoo Fail lists.

 

Here are 10 of the Weirdest Tattoos Ever:

First Tattoo Advice - Page 2

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 4:50pm

Also, your design should be something you don’t get tired of looking at. One technique I’ve used is putting a printout of my design on my wall, or mirror, some place where I will see it multiple times a day. If after a year I’m still stoked, then the tattoo design becomes a tattoo. Of course you’re not expected to wait a year before committing to each prospective tattoo, but it’s a good idea to at least get comfortable with the design before you get it cut.

Nautical Star: Everyone's Got One, What Does It Mean? - Page 2

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 4:40pm

Today, nautical star tattoos are extremely popular and, over time, several new meanings for the nautical star have evolved. Some meanings depend on the location of the tattoo. If someone has a nautical star tattoo on the left wrist, aligned with his thumb, for instance, the star acts as a positive guide for the future. Or, if an individual wears a nautical star tattoo with angel wings on his right back shoulder, it symbolizes someone watching over him. Nautical star tattoos are also worn by anyone whose livelihood is on or near the sea.

Maori Tattoos as Social Indicators - Page 2

Submitted by Naomi V on April 27, 2015 - 4:09pm

Placement of the tattoo will be a major consideration even for non-Maori people. Consider where and with whom you work; a facial tattoo or some other easily observed design is not appropriate for every workplace (for example, banks or stockbrokers). Not all Maori designs involve the face though, so a tattoo on the shoulders, arm, or torso may still provide the design and effect desired without creating difficulties with employers.

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