Tattoos. The Man of Otzi is a mummy found in 1991 in a glacier at Tirol. It demonstrated that 5,000 years ago people already wore tattoos. This man had 57 tattoos on his skin.
And yes, tattoos have been a positive or negative symbol depending on cultures. For example:
In ancient Rome, tattoos were used to mark slaves and in Japan, 600 years ago, they were a military punishment.
However, Maoris warriors tattooed their faces when they had been specially braves in a battle.
In Thailand, they were part of rites of initiation.
In the 18th century in France, they tattooed ignominious signs on the forehead of thieves and prostitutes. Remember that in the novel The Three Musketeers by Dumas, Milady de Winter had a tattoo on her shoulder which remembered her adultery.
Chicanos, who lived in California, used them to show their band. Same happened with the Yakuzas in Tokyo, and Maras in Central America.
Today, tattoo is an art and a cultural reference.
Then, the Museum of Quai Branly in Paris is exhibiting ‘Tattooists, tattoos.’ It’s the largest exhibition about tattoos never shown.
The show will run until October 2015. It includes 500 objects: photos, drawings, canvas, tools, needles, masks, videos, and even stuffed skins.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!
“Tattoos are like stories – they’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.” Pamela Anderson.
And you? Do you like tattoos? Why? Today, share your ideas on Yareah.