There is nothing hotter than an awesome tattoo on a fantastic body! Tattoos which are well placed and appeal to the eye tend to garner a lot of attention to themselves as well the people wearing them. Thus, tattoos really are the new in! However, even though tattoos do act as definite fashion statements, there's more to them than just that!
Tattoos are an ancient art inherited from ancient civilizations, where the symbolism behind the tattoo and its wearer was always more appreciated than its beauty. Tattoos were also used to show the rank of a person in his tribe. Individual markings in different tribes thus led to the use of tattoos as identification marks. Sometimes, if greater power or wisdom was wanted, tattoos were said to do the trick!
Unlike the hygienic tattoo parlors of today, Native American tattooing was done out in the open, using fish and sharp turtle bones, or even slivers of rock as needles to etch the tattoo into the skin. Unlike today's trend, Native American tattoos were dyed with natural dyes from plants or soot. With no anesthetic and each stroke of the flesh-cutting tools leading to huge bouts of pain, Native American tattoos took on a deeper meaning, that of pain endurance. The bigger the tattoo, the more the pain, and thus, the greater the respect earned in the tribe.