The art of tatuaggi has been around for thousands of years. Tatuaggi, the Italian word for tattoo is often referred to as tatuaggi tribali which means tribal tattoo. Originally civilizations such as the Egyptians have used tatuaggi for a distinctive reason such as to indicate a societal ranking . During war time it was common for tribes to use tatuaggi to scare off their enemies.
Traditionally tatuaggi was an art form used to represent culture or religion. The symbols used in tatuaggi were used to represent symbolism for something bigger such as religion . Tatuaggi was permanently applied to the skin as a way to show representation to, or a relationship with, a tribe or culture. Tatuaggi is a symbol; symbols for years have been used cross culturally to signify an affiliation of an individual with something greater than self.
The bold black outlines used in the early designs of tatuaggi are symbolic of a tattoo which is a well known form of body art in the United States. The concept of tatuaggi or tattoo, although now centuries old, still remains trendy and popular across cultures. Today, tatuaggi has changed from its traditional appearance. The bold black marks of tatuaggi once applied to the skin for the purposes of representation or adornment to culture have turned into attractive emblems applied to the skin that showcase a persons individuality. Despite the changes in look and the reasons for application of body art, the symbols used in the art of tatuaggi still represent many of the same concepts that they did thousands of years ago.
Years have passed since the beginning of tatuaggi but the same symbols still remain popular thousands of years later. Holy signs such as crosses have remained a popular choice in body art still today. Reptiles and animals such as strength . Their popularity has not dwindled since the inception of body art. Flowers have also gained much popularity in present day cultures, especially since tatuaggi continues to become more common with women. The beauty and simplicity of the conventional tatuaggi symbols do not seem to lose popularity despite the passing years.
It is more common today that the art of Tatuaggi is applied for either cosmetic or reasons of remembrance or individual significance rather than for reasons of ritualistic dedication. Applying tatuaggi the authentic way was a long and painful procedure. Tatuaggi is still applied using materials such as titanium or iron oxide, carbon black, or dyes. The pain and the ritual of the application were both considered in many cultures a symbol of adulthood. In today’s society individuals who choose to apply tatuaggi must either be of legal age or have the consent of an adult. The modernization of society has allowed tatuaggi to be applied in a much less painful way; the same significant symbols without the original pain of the application. The methods of applying tatuaggi may have changed but the basics reasons that people chose to apply tattoos remain the same.
The art of tatuaggi remains popular today because of the origin it held to its tribal and spiritual meanings. The tribal design of the original art of tatuaggi offers a universal symbol that withstands the test of time while still representing a person’s individuality in today’s culture. The decorative designs modernize the traditional tatuaggi drawings and contribute to the popularity it still holds in the present day. Many of these designs represent a mix of old tribal rituals and up to date designs that offer a more contemporary look while maintaining the original meaning of the design.