Tattoos : A Form Of Expression

1520 Words Dec 1st, 2015 7 Pages
Tattoos are one of the many forms of expression commonly used nowadays. They are used to communicate about a person’s individual identity through art; they serve as forms of expression for an individual’s gender identity, their culture and personal background, as well as their religion and personal preferences, all of which shape someone to become the person they are meant to become. Tattoos in themselves are considered by many to be a form of language, diversity in language, and a form of self-expression. The history of tattoos is an intricate one, one that goes so far back that it has played a vital part in many different cultures throughout the world, from African tribes to Native American tribes to the western civilization. In the past, tattoos were used to represent their social standing or even their marital status. Nowadays, they are popular nowadays because of the freedom they grant their owners when it comes to expressing oneself.
Tattoos have been present all around the world for thousands of years, a fact that was proven when in 1891, archeologists discovered the mummified remains of a priestess in Egypt who lived sometime between 2160 BC and 1994 BC. The mummy had several lines and dots tattooed around her body, and in those times, the women with those marks were associated with ritualistic practice. The marks (tattoos) were used to communicate to others what ranks and occupations they held in their society. The Egyptians are the ones that are thought to have…
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