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Cool Black and Grey Tattoos

Black and grey is the oldest form of Tattoos and performed by the proper artist can produce stunning results.

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Black and Grey is the oldest form of Tattoos

One of the hardest decisions to make when selecting a Tattoo is weather to go color or black and grey. There are benefits and downfalls to each. So today we’ll examine both types of Tattoos.

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Black and grey is the oldest form of Tattoos and performed by the proper artist can produce stunning results. The work is described as black and grey because the highlights of the Tattoo are natural flesh that is not Tattooed, or occasionally some white for more dramatic effect.

Black Tattoo ink is made from a variety of sources including Magnetite Crystals, Powdered Jet, Wustite, Bone Black, and Logwood. The same ingredients can be found in common India art ink.

Black and grey Tattoos are the most resilient to damage from the sun. If you do a lot of work outside and refuse to wear sunblock you should get a black and grey Tattoo rather then color work.

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Owl Tattoo Designs

As birds of the night and birds of prey, the owl has been associated with psychic powers, the “angel of death,” and the goddess of night. Greek, Roman, and Celtic mythology all have owls as representatives of spiritual influence, wisdom and knowledge. Hinduism uses the owl as a symbol of cosmic spirituality as well

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Native American religions and shaman priests have placed numerous spiritual associations upon the owl. The Cree believed that the whistles of the Boreal Owl was a call to the spirit world. If an Apachedreamed of an owl, it meant that death was eminent. Cherokee shamans looked to Eastern Screech Owls for  guidance on punishment and sickness

In Africa the owl is associated with witchcraft and sorcery. To the Bantu the owl is the associate of wizards. In eastern Africa, the Swahili believe that the owl brings illness to children. Zulus in southern Africa view the owl as a bird of sorcerers, and in the westernpart of the Africa the bird is considered a messenger of wizards and witches. In Madagascar  owls are said to gather with witches and dance on the graves of the dead.


As a spiritual symbol, owls can be found throughout the world. Australia, China, Greenland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Russia and Sweden all have cultures or mythical traditions that give considerable spiritual significance to the owl

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Where did Tattoos Originate

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When you take a look back through time and study where Tattoos originated from it is actually quite interesting. Sailors who were overseas in the Pacific Islands were actually giving themselves Tattoos. From there the custom was introduced to the Europeans. This is likely about as far back as most people have any given knowledge about but it is believed that Tattooing actually started in Egypt, before Egypt was even an organized society, 6,000 years ago.

Of course during the Egyptian times people were not getting Tattoos to display on their bodies in the form of artwork but the earliest Tattoos were given on women’s legs as a symbolic but preventative measure to avoid dangers of childbirth. From Egypt Tattooing was later spread and shared with other parts of Africa, into Asia, and Pacific islands through trade lines and travelers.

Some scientists say that certain marks on the skin of the Iceman which is a mummified human body from way back in 3300 BC indicate that maybe the earliest evidence of Tattoos existed then. More widely recognized are Tattoos found on Egyptian and Nubian mummies dating from about 2000 B.C.

Every culture since has Tattooed themselves in one form or another, for reasons of spirituality, protection, strength, and history. During past times Tattoos have been a symbol of pride and a symbol of shame. The Polynesians allowed both men and women to be Tattooed, while in other cultures only men were permitted. The Japanese have been Tattooing since at least 400 BC, for ornamental and narrative purposes, but also as a marking on criminals to identify them.

The first electric Tattoo machine was first invented by Thomas Edison in 1876 which was actually supposed to be an electric engraver. Ironically, years later it began the revolution of Tattooing. From there the machines just began to become more and more advanced and profound. From Edison’s original blueprints, a man named Samuel O Reilly created the electric pen which was also a huge advancement towards how Tattoos were given.

The machine we use today was first patented by Charlie Wagner, which was called a dual coil reciprocating engraver, especially made for Tattooing. Circuses also played a big part in the history of Tattooing. The modern circus always has a freak show exhibit has always been the heavily Tattooed man or woman. This was the introduction of Tattooing into America.

Pope Hadrian banned Tattooing all the way back in 787 AD so there has always been controversy surrounding Tattoos. After a Hepatitis outbreak in the 1960s was blamed on Tattooing, many states outlawed the art. Tattooing had become synonymous with rebellion, gangs, dirty sailors, and motorcycles.

Today, centuries after the origination of Tattoos they are becoming less taboo and more accepted as cleaner, more professional shops open up and the artistic boundaries are pushed with the medium of Tattoo art. Also, the advances in color and other Tattoo equipment have made Tattoos more than just a symbol or a testimony, but a real piece of art on skin.

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What % of your Body is Tattooed

Tattooing is becoming an ever increasingly popular art form. The art has been practiced for centuries worldwide and is classified as decorative body modification

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