Revert back to history with organic,vegan body art

Written by on June 24, 2013 in Fashion, Men, Women - Comments Off on Revert back to history with organic,vegan body art

King of Hearts Tattoo Piercing Art Gallery LondonTattoos are often seen as nasty chemicals injected into the skin to create images that are often only appreciated by their owner. However, the history of tattoos is intricate and interesting. Tattooing is a form of art that has been practised by various cultures since the prehistoric times. It is done by piercing or lacerating the skin with a sharp object that has been dipped into indelible ink or dye. The dyes have ranged from plant extracts, powdered ores, and even ashes.

The Maoris in New Zealand are well known for their body art. The art of the Maori tattoo was brought by the Maori to New Zealand from their homelands in Eastern Polynesia. In 1769, Captain James Cook and the naturalist Joseph Banks first saw the intricate tattoos of the Maori tribesmen during their voyage to the South Pacific, and became fascinated and intrigued by it. The Maori name for tattoos, particularly facial tattoos are ‘moko’, and the process of making it is called ‘ta moko’.

In Japan, the art of tattooing is thought to is thought to extend back to at least the Jōmon or paleolithic period (approximately 10,000 BC). Some scholars have suggested that the distinctive cord-marked patterns observed on the faces and bodies of figures dated to that period represent tattoos. In Japan tattoos are known as Irezumi, a Japanese word that refers to the insertion of ink under the skin to leave a permanent, usually decorative mark.

Tattoos also have a history on the British Isles. The Celts tattooed their warriors as a form of intimidation against their enemies, Celts likely adopted the same war tactic of the time. The Woad plant (Isatis tinctoria) was used to perform the tattooing, as it is a hardy biennial plant native to northern Europe and the British Isles. Woad is the source of a blue dye chemical, indigotin, that is also produced by the much more potent indigo plant (indigenous of the sub-tropics).

To create Celtic tattoos, the leaves of the Woad plant are harvested and dried. The dried leaves are then boiled and strained, and boiled again creating a viscous end product. This Woad paste is then tapped into the skin with needle like implements – forcing the indigo stain under the skin layers, creating the indelible design.

In the last century tattoos lost their reputation as an impressive art form and were created using synthetic inks and designs which were not aesthetically pleasing. However, people are beginning to change their philosophy on tattoos. Tattoo artists have begun to appreciate the history of tattoos and the fact that tattoos were traditionally created with purely organic materials.

StableColorInkSinglesStable Color Inks were created and formulated by SOBA, they have been researched and field tested to ensure quality and workability, and they are Vegan Safe. They have bright solid fields, to pastel hues, to muted painterly tones. These inks are formulated for maximum flexibility, achieving the results you desire. Stable Color ink is made up of powder pigment, distilled water, 99.9% pure glycerin (Vegan Safe), and 99% ISP alcohol. There are no surprises or extra ingredients.

If you are considering body art then there are a number of excellent tattoo parlours in the UK. We suggest that you can enquire if they can use the organic ink that you order from suppliers such as Stable Color Inks. Try London parlours: Skunks in Angel, Haunted Tattoos on Holloway road or King of Hearts, London Bridge which all provide organic aftercare.

Tattoos are a skilled craft. Revert back to history and express yourself with organic, vegan body art.

About the Author

Christina Latham

Christina is one of our original writers who helped with the launch of allmygoodness. She has a love for finding vintage treasures and organic products in unexpected, undiscovered places. She has previously worked as a journalist for CD News at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy and Bader TV News in Berlin. She also writes freelance articles for Fitzrovia News and BetaTwentyOne. Follow her on Twitter @ChristinaLatha