Henna Tattoo Research

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Through history, Humans have marked their bodies with tattoos for thousands of years. These permanent designs—sometimes plain, sometimes elaborate, always personal—have served as lucky charms, status symbols, declarations of love, signs of religious beliefs, decorations and even forms of punishment. As cultures and society’s change so, do people. Even though people say that, tattoos deface our bodies and it is against God's rules, society today sees tattoos as a fashion statement. The oldest physical body in existence is the “frozen remains of the Copper Age "Iceman" scientists have named Ötzi” (Magazine) has the oldest tattoos that have ever been preserved. Scientists went and x-rayed his body, and found that everywhere he had a…show more content…
Some are for fun. Like Henna Tattoos. These are tattoos for people that do not want a permanent drawing. “As the skin exfoliates, the patterns gently fade away.” (Listverse) Some are serious as prison inmates and gang members that use them to show their alliance to others. However, there is more that people just get at the spare of the moment under the influence of alcohol. Some people even use them to cover up scars to make themselves feel better about themselves. Such as “Beautiful tattoos, such as an inked bra, have become popular with cancer survivors who use them to conceal post-mastectomy scars”. (Styles) Tattoos have not only risen in status to become popular and acceptable, in some environments, tattoos have achieved an elevated degree of artistic value. Tattoo art and artifacts have value. Tattoo, a previously ignored and downgraded practice, is undergoing a process of cultural re-inscription. New meanings of tattoo are being generated by exhibitions that reframe tattoos as art Some contemporary cultural anthropologists have interpreted tattooing as a vital part of a larger phenomenon of body modification, including branding, scarring and piercing, inspired by the global breakdown of cultural
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