Think and Look First
Have you ever heard the term “think before you ink”? There can not be a more meaningful statement when it comes to getting inked with your favorite tattoo design. Choosing your design is most beneficial when you look at many different art ideas that are in your theme of thinking. Choose from stars, Hawaiian flowers, cool lettering, Celtic, Aztec, dragons or eagles and tigers. You can really get some inspirational ideas on getting a cool tattoo design this way and it sure beats being regretful of getting a tattoo.
Crime and Japanese Wartime Tattooing
Japan’s history of tattooing goes as far back as 10000 B.C.E. to 300 B.C.E. (Before the Common Era). It was used for healing, identifying a soldier that was killed on the battlefield. It was also used when he was stripped of his armor or even to identify rites of passage for certain tribes. Perhaps the most familiar of Japanese body art is associated with the organized crime group the Yakuza. Similar to the Italian Mafia, the Yakuza has long been associated with the less than desirable elements of society. Anything from illegal gambling to racketeering is within its grasp.
Surprisingly though, the tattoo design found most often on Yakuza members is that of beautiful scenes and elaborate details. The method used though is less than beautiful. Yakuza members, as a way to test their resolve and strength, do not get tattooed with a tattoo machine. It is a hand held instrument that is not without pain. The images are not just a back tattoo either. They span the entire body from collar to ankle, which are known to be painful tattoo areas.
Irezumi (???, ??, ??, ??, ??, ? or ??) is a form of tattooing. The Japanese word refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent, usually decorative mark. Source
The language of the tattoo used to be a secret code known only to those in the “know” but with research the meanings have come to light. The social hierarchy of the criminal world is understood. If a criminal tattoo’s an untruth or exaggeration the punishment inflicted by others is harsh. The tattoo is either cut off or sandpapered off.
The tattoo design in Russia’s history was not just limited to the criminal element. In an oppressive government sometimes the only way to rebel was to a tattoo design belittling one of the political tyrants. This was a way to send a message to other people when freedom of speech and press was not allowed.
Tattoo Style and Resources
I found some really great tattoo designs using the skinu tattoo engine. Although I couldn’t find free designs to download there are many samples of navy, panther, Sanskrit, military, cat, free cross, free flash, plumeria, superman, hummingbird, spider, Christian, clown, Italian, pirate and temporary to explore. It helped me chose the panther I got on my shoulder.
It is the simple tattoo designs that I find most attractive. Not much different than corporate imaging or logo design for a company. It is a form of a personal brand mark that is with you for life. That’s what makes cool tattoo designs. They become a part of you. You can checkout free Celtic tattoo designs that this site offers, plus many other free tattoo designs and patterns you will find on other sites we link to.
Other Popular Styles include: armbands, dream catchers, phoenixes, Egyptians, Vikings, Celtic, kokopellis, lower back for women, star moon and sun, frogs, cars, claddagh, cute for women, deer or flowers for feet.