INSPIRATION|"100 YEARS OF TATTOOS", a century-old tattoo, a long-lasting body art history

The supermodels who are pursuing cutting-edge fashion have tattooed totems. David Beckham and Angelina Jolie show the world's contemporary fashion tattoos. The reality show team also walks directly into the famous tattoo artist studio. broadcast. In 2014, the tattoo population in the United States accounted for 20% of the total population, and has grown 13% more rapidly since 2007. Tattoos have been favored by people since ancient times, but they have also been despised. In particular, Western society’s attitude towards this ancient art has undergone several major turnings in the past century.




For ancient European tribes, such as those living in Thrace, Gauls, and Pickett, the tradition of tattooing is the representative of barbaric culture; later the Greeks and Romans used this permanent imprint of flesh as punishment. Sexual intentions are used to mark slaves and prisoners of war—from then on, tattoos are seen as a shame. Tattoo art researcher David McComb uses 100 images of Tattoos to showcase the evolution of Western tattoos over the past 100 years, with a rich picture of more than 400 images, and a glimpse into the social history of the early 20th and early 21st centuries.










With the decline of the Roman Empire, the tattoo was regarded as a pagan behavior in Europe where Christianity prevailed, and it was greatly suppressed, even banned by Pope Hadrian I in 787 AD. Just as the tattoos almost disappeared under the pressure of religion and prejudice, the Western society saw that the Pacific island tribes regarded the tattoos as a legitimate ritual for thousands of years. The attitude of Europe to tattoos will eventually turn to a body art. In the 18th century, the voyage of the British Royal Fleet sailor tattoos was quite common, and the explorer James Cook first introduced the Tahitian language. Tattow Introduced to Europe, it evolved into English "tattoo" (called Stigma in ancient Rome). Not only that, but in 1774 James Cook brought back a Polynesian youth named Omai to show his full-body color tattoo to the upper class in London. The tattoos swept Europe and the United States, and the artists began to set up studios. Not only sailors who traveled across the ocean, but anyone could have the opportunity to tattoo.








From the time of the First World War to the Second World War, the tattoos on the soldiers are an expression of allegiance to the Lord, but they are also a memorial to the family and the expedition. Like a German warrior with a war, there are portraits of parents on the chest, gunmen on elephants riding elephants, and the announcement that Germany and South Africa were defeated by South Africa. At the same time, the trend of tattoos has also turned to the vast blue-collar class: the evasion of hard work all day, collecting the life of exotic totems.










Just as the general public accepted tattoos, there was a 180-degree change in the Second World War. The Nazis stabbed the captives in the concentration camp, and this crime once again gave the tattoo a serious negative impression. Soldiers returning from the battlefield failed to find jobs because of tattoos, and tattoo workers were forced to find other jobs. The next 40s and 60s can be said to be the dark period of tattoo art, but as the cellars and the speeding party often get on the headlines, the tattooist behind the scenes is paving the way for future revolutions.








Norman Collins, an American tattoo artist who also incorporates Japanese design and technology (also known as Sailor Jerry), has inspired many artists who have been involved in the tattoo industry in the 1970s, and the Western world has gradually changed the entire industry of tattoos. His high-profile Don Ed Hardy, now the tattooed godfather, opened the first studio in San Francisco to offer customized services in San Francisco, where customers and artists discussed creation rather than reusing patterns. Affected by the anti-mainstream cultural revolution of the late 60s, many middle-class college students were marked by political protests. New wealthy, highly educated clients flock to Hardy's studio to express their ideas and beliefs with their own bodies. In addition to leading the tattoo of the 70s, the Hardy Renaissance Tattoo Time The magazine has pushed tattoos to a higher level of art.








With the prevalence of MTV in the 1990s, viewers around the world can see tattooed rock and pop singers, reversing the stereotype that tattoos appear only on criminals and gang members. In addition, many artists from art colleges have joined the industry, leading another wave, and women can also play a role in this long-term male-dominated tattoo industry.












100 Years of Tattoos
Book by David McComb
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