Ways Tattoos Have Evolved

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As a tattoo artist, you’ve no doubt witnessed the evolution of tattoos and the ways they’re viewed today! From being controversial to something that’s considered an art form, we’ve seen a stunning transformation in tattoos. 


As more and more people decide to permanently ink their skin with intricate artwork, it’s essential for artists like yourself to stay on top of trends and understand how this industry is changing. 


In this blog post, we’ll discuss some of the biggest changes in tattoo culture – from adapting to new technology to embracing modern styles – so you can continue producing excellent work for your clients!

What are old ways of tattooing?

Old ways of tattooing have been practiced for centuries, with their roots found in many ancient cultures. 


Traditionally, tattoos were created using a variety of tools and materials: hand-poked wood or bone needles inserted into the skin that moved along the desired design; a sharp object dipped in pigment to create a scarring effect; and even permanent ink made from combustion of special plants – all resulting in beautiful artwork etched onto bodies. 


While technology has certainly advanced and improved over time, these old ways of tattooing still remain prevalent today as many still prefer traditional methods.

How were tattoos made before?

Tattoos have been around for centuries, but before machines came about in the late 1800s, tattoos were made by hand. The process was incredibly tedious and relied heavily on natural elements such as soot from burnt candles and ashes from burned roots. 


The ink was created through a complex mixture of these elements with some added water to create pigment. Needles were crafted out of pieces of bones or bird beaks, and they looked much different than the steel needles used today! 


Once the needles were ready, tattoo artists would press them firmly against the skin using tapping motions to penetrate the upper layers of the skin. This created a very primitive version of what we know now as tattoos!

How did tattoos evolve?

Tattoos have a long and fascinating history that has captivated many for centuries. The earliest tattoos were found on ancient humans from as early as 6,000 years ago! 


There is much debate over how these tattoos ultimately evolved but it’s generally agreed that they started either as an attempt to dictate social status or out of religious or magical beliefs. As the years went by, more elaborate styles and methods emerged and tattooing began to develop into an art form with cultural significance in many societies. 


Today, tattoos are accepted more widely than ever before and signify far more than simple social distinction – they can be used to express personal style or sentimental values, making them a powerful tool in the 21st century.

What are some of the ways tattoos change with age?

As we age, tattoos tend to naturally change in both appearance and significance. Over time, the original vibrant colors may appear faded or dull due to sun exposure, exercise, or just natural skin aging. 


Additionally, ink can embed itself differently over time and cause the design to morph into something slightly different than originally intended. These changes don’t always have to be seen as negative though — sometimes the altered design turns out even better than before! 


Of course, aging also brings personal changes which can affect the way we feel about our tattoos even when they look exactly the same as before. A tattoo that once held a lot of importance could start to carry a new meaning throughout life’s journey and this might influence a person’s relationship with their ink. 


No matter how they change over time, tattoos are a powerful form of self-expression that often act as reminders of moments from life’s path.

To Sum it up

The next time you get inked, think about the long and fascinating journey tattoos have taken to reach their modern-day form. Though still stigmatized in some places and cultures, it’s amazing to see just how far tattoos have come and what a beautiful part of human expression they have become today. 


While trends come and go, tattooing remains an age-old tradition that is celebrated by those searching for an external representation of their deepest selves – something both modern style surely has not lost the spirit of. We think that’s a pretty cool thing!


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Michael Blau

Michael Blau

I have been tattooing for over 15 years and have my studio in Brooklyn. While I'll tattoo just about anything on anyone, my specialty is religious tattoos.
I am originally from Williamsburg, a neighborhood in Brooklyn known for its large Jewish population. This has given me a lot of experience and understanding when it comes to tattoos and religion.

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