Friday, January 21, 2011

Hand Tattoos

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Hand tattoos are one of the few taboos left when it comes to body art (closely following face, and neck tattoos). Whatever design a wearer chooses, the placement signifies a commitment; whether it be to a loved one, to a certain religion, or even just to their desire for bold, statement-making body art.

Most people like to start out small when it comes to their hand tattoos. These tiny pieces lend to a touch of discretion to an otherwise indiscreet piece of body art. Small, simple symbols are most commonly used for this style; symbols like five-point stars, flower buds, or tiny pixies are usually placed just under the thumb. You may also occasionally see more uncommon symbols like card suits (sometimes with an associated letter or number), tiny eyes, spiders or other small insects.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are incredibly elaborate hand tattoos. These are usually meant to make a bold statement, and show a clear picture of who the wearer is. Some of the most popular styles for these hand tattoos are similar in appearance to henna artwork. These often feature intricate designs that look like lace and flowers; they may be seen at the top or bottom of the hands, and they may also wrap around one or all of the fingers. Other people like to add contrasting images to both hands such as fire on one hand, water on the other; words like ‘love’ and ‘hate,’ or ‘good’ and ‘evil.’ You may also occasionally see elaborate hand tattoos that accentuate the features of the hand. For example, you might see designs that show realistic depictions of bones, veins, muscle and tendons.

Most other people will find a middle ground when it comes to hand tattoos. These pieces are medium in size, they may have a more obvious placement, but they are generally rather simple in design. Some good examples of this would be to place an eye in the middle of the top, or even the bottom, of the hand. You might also see a ring (such as a wedding or promise ring) wrapped around an index finger; or you might see a snake coiling around every finger.

A good number of tattoo artists will not even consider doing hand tattoos, as these pieces are so noticeable, and some people will regret them later. But for those who do them, and those who get them, there is an understanding that these pieces in themselves are a symbol of dedication.

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Hand Tattoos

neck tattoosNeck tattoos are interesting in that they can be either extremely obvious, or very discreet, depending on where you get them. Many tattoo artists shy away from this position, but that does not hinder the desire for this bold placement, as the placement itself can make as large a statement about the wearer as the tattoo design itself.

Many neck tattoos that you will see will be placed at the back of the neck. This is an excellent spot for those who want the ability to hide their tattoo (in this case with longer hair) whenever necessary. Although the back of the neck is one of the most popular placements, many go for a bolder look and place them on the sides of the neck, or even at the throat.

Neck tattoos that are placed at either the front or the back tend to extend beyond the neck entirely. These often feature things like text, chains of metal or flowers, stars, and occasionally religious paraphernalia such as crosses. One of the more unique pieces for this style includes anatomically accurate depictions of what lies below the skin. These may show clean images, or the skin may be given the appearance of being ripped, or jaggedly cut open. This style may also appear on the sides of the neck, or encompass the whole thing from front to back.

Some people like neck tattoos that give the appearance of jewelry or other accessories. This style may include things like ribbons (which were once a symbol of solidarity amongst a specific class of women), or various types of chains. These pieces often have charms that normally lie in the jugular notch, or just below the collar bone. These charms may be of things like hearts or stars, but they may occasionally stick with the theme of jewelry, and include gems (frequently the wearer’s birthstone).

You may occasionally see neck tattoos that feature simple and beautiful designs or symbols. The most popular designs include Aztec, tribal or Celtic patterns. Some of the more popular symbols for neck tattoos include feathers, spearheads, and sometimes even gears.

Neck tattoos may be a bit too out there and obvious for some people’s tastes, but for those who get them, they are meant to be a clear statement. These statements are often found in the piece’s symbols; however, the placement makes it apparent just how important those symbols are.

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Neck Tattoos

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Sparrows have long been considered a symbol of freedom, true love, and an emblem for accomplishment. Many sailors have used this design to represent a long journey completed, while in more modern times, former prisoners have used sparrows to show their new found Independence. Lovers often use sparrow tattoos to express either a profound love that they have found, or are constantly in search of.

When it comes to sparrow tattoos, the nautical theme is by far the most popular. These feature the widely familiar image of a blue and red, or blue and yellow bird swooping down. These often include other common oceanic symbols such as nautical stars, ships, flags and compasses. You could use many of the items you would see in a nautical map for this style of art — for instance, you may show the bird diving into the swirling pattern of eddying water, or a flock of sparrows hovering over a coastline.

Many like to use sparrow tattoos to show eternal love. One of the most common ways of expressing this is to show two or three of these birds diving towards the nautical star. This is said to symbolize a freedom to love and be loved in return. One variation on this theme would be to transform the star into the shape of a heart, or simply place the star at the center of one. You may also mix the symbol of the sparrow with other emblems of love. For example, you may show your bird carrying a maple leaf (a North American symbol of parental love); you might show the bird nipping at a ripe apple (a symbol for abundance, physical passion, and fervent love). You might also show it with a red rose in its talons, or perched atop a harp (both being emblems of romantic love). One interesting idea for this particular style would be to create a mosaic of the sparrow within a triangle (triangles are an Egyptian symbol that represent many things — including the capacity for love).

Sparrow tattoos are frequently used amongst a variety symbols. In this way, they are often a small part of a larger picture. For this style, you will regularly see the brightly colored cartoon-styled image. However, some people may prefer to use a more realistic depiction of a small brown and white bird. This sparrow may be perched on a branch, or in flight; peering into the distance, or busily singing.

Although sparrow tattoos have deep roots in the past, they also have their place in modern society. After all, freedom will always remain an important part of human existence.

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Sparrow Tattoos

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